The day before the six-year anniversary of her arrest for stealing $54 million from the Petunia City, Rita Crundwell, arguably the world’s most successful municipal swindler, arrived back in the Land of Lincoln.
Crundwell, now 65, has been housed in the Pekin Federal Correctional Institution in Tazewell County, barely two hours away from her family in Dixon, for a week and a day.
Waseca, Minn., her first federal address, is nearly six hours away from the Lee County seat.
As of Wednesday, the former city comptroller has served 58 months and 21 days of her 235-month sentence.
According to the Bureau of Prisons Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division, Crundwell was at FCI Waseca from June 3, 2013, to Jan. 25, 2017, when she was transferred to the Federal Medical Center in Carswell, Texas.
Federal health privacy laws prohibit the department from explaining why she was at Carswell for more than 15 months, but she was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., on April 10, and to Pekin six days later.
Pekin FCI is a medium-security facility with an adjacent minimum-security satellite prison camp, which is where she is housed.
Crundwell was arrested April 17, 2012, at Dixon City Hall, and sentenced the following Valentine’s Day to 19 years, seven months — five months fewer than the maximum penalty allowed for the wire fraud for which she was convicted. No sweetheart deal for her when it came to sentencing.
The Bureau of Prisons Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division didn’t specify why Crundwell was relocated. A number of factors may cause an inmate to be transferred, including the level of security and supervision they require, or their medical and programming needs, according to the division’s website.