Rita Crundwell's guilty plea draws reaction

9:13 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A lawyer for a former bookkeeper who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $50 million from a small northern Illinois city says his client wants to speed up the repayment of the city's losses.

After Rita Crundwell's plea this morning, attorney Paul Gaziano said residents should know she's worked with the government in hopes of recouping the losses for the city of Dixon.

Crundwell's guilty plea in the federal case enables the U.S. Marshals Service to start selling off millions of dollars of assets still in her name, including about $450,000 worth of diamonds and other jewels.

Dixon Mayor James Burke says residents are happy with Crundwell's plea and that nobody in the town feels sorry for her. He says Crundwell deserves a long prison sentence.

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