Rita Crundwell, a northern Illinois’ former bookkeeper, provided a case in point this month for more and better public notice. Ms Crundwell managed to skim off more than $50 million into her personal coffers during a 20-year stint as Dixon’s comptroller.
In a community of about 16,000 and the boyhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, a sharp-eyed temp doing Crundwell’s job while she was away from her office for vacation discovered discrepancies in the town’s books.
Though Crundwell was found guilty of embezzling more than $53 million, the prosecutors said they expect to recover no more than 20 percent of it.
Death may take a holiday, but apparently public notice can’t afford to even look away.