Posted by – April 30, 2012
The city of Quincy has filed the last progress reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the preliminary permits for Lock and Dam 24 in Clarksville, Mo. and Lock and Dam 25 in Winfield, Mo. The permits were set to expire at midnight Monday, though the city will attempt to renew them.
As you might recall, the City Council voted 9-5 on April 2 to reapply for the preliminary permits from FERC. City officials and aldermen met in closed session with representatives of Canadian-based Coastal Hydropower on March 29 to discuss the development of facilities and Lock and Dam 24 and 25. No details from that meeting have been released.
Posted by – April 18, 2012
The comptroller in the northern Illinois town of Dixon was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing $30 million in city funds over a six-year period.
The Dixon Telegraph reported that Rita A. Crundwell was charged with wire fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she used the money to support her “lavish lifestyle, including operating a horse farm.”
The complaint alleges that she used fraudulently obtained funds to make additional purchases, including a 2009 Liberty Coach Motor Home for $2,108,000, a 2009 Kenworth T800 Tractor Truck for $146,787, a 2009 Freightliner Truck for $140,000, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for $56,646, and a 2009 Featherlite Horse Trailer for $258,698. Between January of 2007 and March of 2012, Crundwell incurred charges of more than $2.5 million on her personal American Express credit card account, including more than $339,000 on jewelry alone, and allegedly used Dixon funds to pay the entire amount of charges, according to a press release from the office.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the city of 15,000 has an annual budget between $8 million and $9 million.
It is not uncommon for a public official to be charged with stealing money, but it usually isn’t anywhere near this amount. It makes you wonder how no one noticed it earlier.
Posted by – April 11, 2012