Rita Crundwell

Rita Crundwell

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NEW THIS MORNING: State charges against ousted Dixon, Ill., comptroller Rita Crundwell have been dropped.

Crundwell had been charged with 60 counts of theft in Lee County for stealing more than $11 million in city money over more than 2 years.

Crundwell was not in court.

Crundwell was sentenced earlier this year to 19 years, 7 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of stealing more than $54 million over more than 2 decades.

Immediately after this morning's hearing, Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller will hold a news conference.

EARLIER REPORT: DIXON, Ill. — Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said Monday that she will hold a news conference after a state court hearing today for ousted city comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Sacco-Miller declined to give a reason for the news conference.

Crundwell's attorney, Lee County public defender Bob Thompson, said he was not aware that Sacco-Miller had called a news conference.

He declined further comment.

Crundwell, 60, is charged in Lee County with 60 counts of theft of more than $100,000 in government funds.

State prosecutors say she is accused of stealing more than $11 million from the city from January 2010 to April 16, 2012, the day before her arrest on a federal wire fraud charge.

Crundwell was sentenced in federal court in February to 19 years and seven months for wire fraud, a scheme she used to steal nearly $54 million from the city over more than two decades.

She admitted she used the money to fund her nationally renowned horse-breeding business and her lavish lifestyle, which included expensive homes, cars, boats and jewelry.

Shortly after Crundwell was sentenced in federal court, Thompson filed a motion to dismiss the state indictment, arguing Crundwell already was convicted and sentenced under the same facts cited in the Lee County case, which would amount to double jeopardy.

The double jeopardy clause is a constitutional protection that prohibits a defendant from being tried twice for the same crime.

A hearing has not yet been held on the motion.

At a status hearing last month, the attorneys agreed to meet with Circuit Judge Ron Jacobson about a possible resolution in the case.