Nephew of convicted embezzler Crundwell buys her ranch

2013-02-06T06:24:00Z 2013-02-07T04:53:31Z Nephew of convicted embezzler Crundwell buys her ranchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 06, 2013 6:24 am  • 

DIXON, Ill. — A relative of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, who embezzled $53 million from the northern Illinois city, has purchased the quarter horse ranch she developed with the stolen funds.

Brenda and Richard Humphrey Jr. purchased the property formerly owned by Crundwell for $1.13 million.

Richard Humphrey said Tuesday he bought the 88-acre site to expand Humphreys Show Cattle. The couple also owns Affordable Waste, Dixon’s contracted garbage provider.

Jason Wojdylo of the U.S. Marshals Service, which is selling Crundwell’s assets, says the Humphreys did not have an advantage in buying the property.

Crundwell pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced next week. Authorities say the theft, which lasted 20 years, enabled Crundwell to build a world-renowned quarter horse breeding operation and live a luxurious lifestyle.

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  1. cathrathmann
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    cathrathmann - February 10, 2013 10:49 am
    I certainly hope a full investigation is underway into the entire family. It took so long to uncover Rita's sins that other possible charges could take a while also.
  2. HA HA
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    HA HA - February 08, 2013 7:40 am
    oh yeah, one last tidbit. Her nephews garbage desposal business has been on contract with the City of Dixon for many years now. Who procured those contracts? Who paid those contracts? "Things that make you go....Hmmmm??" Pretty ironic that the nephew now owns the ranch.
  3. HA HA
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    HA HA - February 08, 2013 7:07 am
    @MRM- appears that others share my same thoughts. @icu2mamma- couldn't agree more!! Laundering are exacting what I am inferring. Would not surprise me at all if she get 10 years and then retires her ranch. Bet she does her time in some minimum security resort too. Don't care what anyone says, she is a very smart lady and family ties run thick. What a Lifetime movie this is going to make!
  4. HA HA
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    HA HA - February 08, 2013 7:07 am
    @MRM- appears that others share my same thoughts. @icu2mamma- couldn't agree more!! Laundering are exacting what I am inferring. Would not surprise me at all if she get 10 years and then retires her ranch. Bet she does her time in some minimum security resort too. Don't care what anyone says, she is a very smart lady and family ties run thick. What a Lifetime movie this is going to make!
  5. riverdog
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    riverdog - February 07, 2013 7:32 am
    The question that needs to be asked is: How did the nephew become the contracted garbage provider?
  6. icu2mamma
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    icu2mamma - February 06, 2013 4:18 pm
    must be something hidden on the land, that they want to get. maybe money buried
  7. JMHO
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    JMHO - February 06, 2013 3:51 pm
    It may well be a "legit" purchase, but is sure looks and smells funny...
  8. rightthinker
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    rightthinker - February 06, 2013 3:50 pm
    Does anyone thing that Rita was pretty smart? If your answer is yes, then you got to believe that she was smart enough to hide some of the money. This just gets better and better.
  9. briane7
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    briane7 - February 06, 2013 12:34 pm
    Hopefully, the investigations as to who befefited are going to go further than just these people. If she is not already spending the rest of her life in prison for this mess, then it would be tragic to see her get out and to even be able to visit this property again, let alone have any ties to it.
  10. dendroid
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    dendroid - February 06, 2013 10:42 am
    what is going to prevent the property from being sold or deeded back to her?
  11. MRM
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    MRM - February 06, 2013 8:41 am
    Because one person in a family committed a crime, doesn’t mean that the rest of the family members are thieves or involved in what she did. I am sure that the Marshal Service followed all of the money trails and if she had funneled money to anyone, most of all her family they would have uncovered it. So why do you want to cast doubt on the rest of the family. If one of your family members commits a crime does it mean you’re also guilty? Hey just asking! Because what you are inferring is that he helped her steal all that money though laundering it for her.
  12. senor citizen
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    senor citizen - February 06, 2013 8:25 am
    THe couple who puchased the ranch have a garbage business and wish to continue with their show cattle operation, had they been part of the mess created and by Crudwell and the stupid people in City Hall who did not "notice" the missing fortune, they woulda left Dodge!
  13. HA HA
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    HA HA - February 06, 2013 7:47 am
    Kind of makes you wonder if Crundwell had family lauder money. Am I the only one that thinks it’s pretty strange that this property stayed in the family? Seems to me that it would have been pretty easy for Crundwall to siphon money to her nephew (business owner) in event that she got taken down. If I was a Dixon constituent, I would be scratching my head. Granted the $1.13 will help toward the restitution, however, in the big picture doesn’t even scratch the surface of the $53M stolen. The Marshal Service may have dropped the ball here.
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