A documentary that centers on the Rita Crundwell embezzlement case is being shown this weekend in Dixon, Illinois.
Crundwell was the comptroller for two decades in the town of 15,000 people located about 70 miles northeast of the Quad-Cities. She managed during that time to steal nearly $54 million from taxpayers. The bookkeeper embezzled the money to build her quarter-horse empire and to bankroll her lavish lifestyle.
The documentary, "All The Queen's Horses," is a 71-minute look at the case and includes interviews with attorneys, government officials, Dixon residents, forensic accountants and members of the equestrian community, among others.
It is showing at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 South Galena Ave. A private viewing previously was held in Dixon, but the weekend showing is open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A session.
One of the country's largest thefts of public funds, the Crundwell case drew nationwide attention. She was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison, and almost all of her belongings were sold at auction by the U.S. Marshals Service. Most of the proceeds were turned over to Dixon as restitution, but the Marshals Service also was compensated for its work in the case, including taking care of hundreds of horses for many months.
The documentary was directed by Kelly Richmond Pope, an accounting professor at DePaul University. It was created through the Diverse Voices and Docs fellowship program with Chicago-based Kartemquin Films and debuted at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival on Aug. 8. It won the HBO Documentary Films Spotlight Award.