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November 14, 2012
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FILE - 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. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, Crundwell is expected to plead guilty at federal court in Rockford, Ill., to stealing $53 million to fund a lavish lifestyle while overseeing the public finances of the city of Dixon.