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Published February 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rita Crundwell

In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, former Dixon, Ill., comptroller Rita Crundwell leaves a courtroom in Dixon with her attorney Paul Gaziano, left, after making her first appearance in the northern Illinois city to face charges she siphoned millions of dollars in public funds into a secret bank account. Crundwell pleaded guilty in November 2012 to embezzling $53 million from the town of Dixon and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 14, 2013. An attorney for Crundwell is arguing for a lenient prison sentence, saying the woman has cooperated with investigators since her arrest and must endure "disrepute and shame" for the rest of her life. (AP Photo/Sauk Valley Media, Alex T. Paschal, File)
Read the article: Illinois bookkeeper who stole $53M gets nearly 20 years