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PHOTOS: Homes of ex-Dixon comptroller who stole $53M on show

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DIXON, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

The U.S. Marshals Service is giving prospective buyers and the media a tour of properties owned by the disgraced former comptroller of a northern Illinois city.

Rita Crundwell's Dixon home may not look that special from the outside but it's how she decorated the inside that tells the story of her now admitted life of crime.

Her expansive master bedroom, which takes up nearly a quarter of the main floor, is complete with vaulted ceilings and a sitting area with a leather couch and chair.

It has a well decorated loft office above it, as well as an elegant master bath, and a giant walk in closet.

"The custom furniture in the home, the way the home was constructed, money was not spared in constructing and completing it," said Jason Wojdylo from the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Much of the home is western-themed, with numerous cowhair chairs. Many items she bought at horse shows around the country. The pistol-packed chandelier in the dining room is one of the more unique items. But Crundwell also had a grandfather clock in her hallway, and a Young Chang, baby grand player piano in the living room, appraised at $3,800.

"I don't know that in this community you often walk into homes and see a baby grand piano in the living room," Wojdylo said.

She stocked her kitchen well, too, with high end stainless steel appliances.

Crundwell really spared herself no expense. She even bought her own tanning bed.

She had a heated and air-conditioned kennel for her dogs, as well as an in-ground pool.

"S, while I understand the city of Dixon was closing its pools because because they couldn't afford to operate them, the defendant built a pool complete with a sauna," Wojdylo said.

Crundwell has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $53 million from Dixon over a 20-year period which helped her become one of the most successful quarter-horse breeders in the country.

The 87 acre RC ranch, where she kept most of her horses is also being auctioned off. It comes with a great room, complete with a full kitchen, expensive furniture including personalized tables and a floor inlaid with her initials.

The horses and other assets have already been sold for $7.5 million, and the Marshals hope Crundwell's ranch, home and other property will bring a couple more million, which will be returned to the taxpayers.

Crundwell's home, ranch, another rental home and farmland in Dixon, as well as a vacation house in Florida are being auctioned on line, and several of those auctions close Saturday.

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