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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Cracking down on public corruption by local government officials

The ILB had this post on Nov. 13th, including this quote from a WRTV6 news story:

Public employees, such as clerk treasurers, trustees and board members, have misappropriated more than $5 million statewide over the past three years, according to the Attorney General's Office.
What about Illinois? The NY Times had this long story today by Steven Yaccino, headed "Former Official Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Illinois Town of $53 Million." It begins:
ROCKFORD, Ill. — Hundreds of horses. Multiple houses. A $2.1 million luxury motor home. In hindsight, they all pointed to the unfathomable: Rita A. Crundwell, while comptroller of a small town two hours west of Chicago, had raided public coffers for decades to pay for a lavish life and a horse-breeding business.

Ms. Crundwell, 59, pleaded guilty in federal court here on Wednesday to one count of wire fraud, after bilking $53 million from her hometown, Dixon, Ill. By then, Dixon was known by outsiders not only as the proud boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan, but also as home to what one federal official called “one of most significant abuses of public trust ever seen in Illinois.”

That is quite a distinction considering the state’s reputation for corrupt officials, including governors. Still, officials said, the continuing tale in Dixon comes as a harsh reminder about the potential for large crimes in small city governments, where oversight can sometimes be an afterthought.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 15, 2012 12:44 PM
Posted to Indiana Government