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Former Dixon Comptroller Requests Public Defender

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell wants a public defender to represent her on charges she embezzled millions in public funds.

Crundwell made the request during her first court appearance for the 60-count theft case in Dixon.

It's separate from the federal case - where she already entered a not guilty plea.

Federal agents seized all of her assets.

Crundwell is accused of stealing more than $53 million over two decades from the town to maintain a lavish lifestyle - including a luxury RV, fancy furniture and hundreds of horses.

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