Horses Belonging to Charged Comptroller to Be Sold

Defense has requested to review 18,000 pages of documents

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    Rita Crundwell, former comptroller for Dixon, Ill., leaves federal court in Rockford, Ill., Monday, May 7, 2012, after pleading not guilty at her arraignment to charges that accuse her of stealing tens of millions of dollars from the community. Prosecutors contend that Crundwell had been transferring Dixon's money to a secret account since at 1990 and using the money to create one of the nation's leading horse-breeding operations and buy luxury homes, cars and jewelry. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

    Attorneys representing Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon, Ill comptroller accused of stealing more than $53 million from city coffers, have asked for more time to review evidence before proceeding to trial.

    That evidence amounts to about 18,000 pages.

    Crundwell, 59, has been charged with wire fraud. Prosecutors argue she siphoned more than $53 million from Dixon into a secret account.

    The more than 400 horses formerly owned by Dixon are set to be sold by Sept. 30. If she is found guilty, the net proceeds from those sales are set to go toward restitution for the city of Dixon.

    Dixon filed a lawsuit against its auditors last month alleging the company should have found irregularities in the city's financial statements