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(NBC News)   The town comptroller, who's had the job for decades, has a staggeringly wealthy horse farm while the town itself can't balance the budget. Gee, I wonder why   (rockcenter.nbcnews.com) divider line 128
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2012-09-22 04:47:42 AM

BronyMedic: Come on people. Let's have some serious discourse here.

Is it REALLY news that a small town politician is a thief and a liar? I mean, really. It's be a newsflash-worthy event if one had NEVER been dishonest or stolen from the coffers of the people he swore to serve.

Why, to be quite frank, I'm sure you couldn't even call him a politician legally if that were true.


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It's so hard to make a dishonest livin' with them Duke boys runnin' around.
 
2012-09-22 04:51:59 AM

ladyfortuna: Please tell me you're kidding >.


I'm not.

"Twisty cats" are extremely real. Here's one description:

Twisty Cats, for those who have not seen the web-wide publicity and protest, have a condition called radial hypoplasia or the more extreme form, radial aplasia. The long bone of the leg is vestigial or absent and the wrists and paws appear to be attached close to the shoulder. In extreme cases, the cat has a flipper-like paw attached to the shoulder. The paws themselves may be deformed, absent or vestigial. The deformity causes locomotory problems for the cats which must either hop on their back legs like kangaroos or use their almost useless front flippers to hobble along. The foot and/or claws may also be deformed, causing further discomfort. The deformity has been likened to that caused by Thalidomide in humans.

Sorry to be bringing this up on Caturday.
 
2012-09-22 05:53:21 AM

QT_3.14159: Horses never make one rich. It just doesn't work that way. Sometimes they pay off and you can eventually make money at it if you have enough to invest, but they never, EVER, make you rich.


This.

FTFA: People in Dixon assumed the horse business was making Crundwell rich.

WTF. Anyone who has been around horses, unless they are seriously bad at math, would know that they are an expensive hobby. Particularly if you are travelling around the country doing quarter horse shows. In a multi-million dollar motorhome. Who da fark thinks this would make someone rich?
 
2012-09-22 05:57:00 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I work for a non-profit. We do work across state a few times a year, so this year I was in charge of all the cash spent. We decided to camp (saves money over a hotel, right) and got firewood.


?

Being homeless is considered a job?
 
2012-09-22 05:58:57 AM

Lsherm: Shostie: And she stole up to $53 million. No small feat.

That's the real story here. This town was so farking inept they managed to let her get away with this for decades.


Sounds like Reagan-Ville: a bunch of dupes and tools who don't even notice that 80% of their money is being stolen all because some slick talker smiles a lot and is well liked.
 
2012-09-22 06:43:51 AM
Repeat
 
2012-09-22 06:51:17 AM
You'll find happy hearts and smiling faces, and tolerance for the ethnic races in Dixon; you'll find a rambling rose and a picket fence, tenderness and innocence in Dixon.

You'll find conference rooms and a children's playground - Dixon is a real OK town. Civic pride and civic duty - and Dixon girls are full of beauty...

m.static.newsvine.com
 
2012-09-22 07:00:31 AM

rwfan: QT_3.14159: Horses never make one rich. It just doesn't work that way. Sometimes they pay off and you can eventually make money at it if you have enough to invest, but they never, EVER, make you rich.

This.

FTFA: People in Dixon assumed the horse business was making Crundwell rich.

WTF. Anyone who has been around horses, unless they are seriously bad at math, would know that they are an expensive hobby. Particularly if you are travelling around the country doing quarter horse shows. In a multi-million dollar motorhome. Who da fark thinks this would make someone rich?


Someone who's never known much about keeping horses, but has heard the prices thrown around for stud fees, probably. Your average person, even in a smallish town in Illinois, has no clue what the costs are for keeping even a single horse, let alone hundreds that have to be trained for national and international competitions.
 
2012-09-22 08:13:54 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: you are a puppet: [sharetv.org image 400x300]

Are we sure she was the REAL comptroller

Apropos of your comment

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haha that's great
 
2012-09-22 08:28:49 AM

basemetal: I read about this last week, they've already auctioned off all of her horses. She was known in the Okla horse circuit because of her extravagant trucks, trailers and equipment. The best of the best.

/sucks for those people that lost jobs, raises, services
//string her ass up


Well that would be one way to get the attention of people who pull this shiat....

Works on the same principal as the George Carlin drug solution;

"The death penalty doesn't mean anything unless you use it against people who are afraid to die. Like... bankers who launder the drug money... you want to slow down the drug traffic, you got to start executing a few of those farking bankers. White, middle class Republican bankers. Let's bring back crucifixions... on TV... Halftime! Monday Night! The Monday Night Crucifixions! You start nailing one white banker per week to a big wooden cross, you're going to see that drug traffic begin to slow down..."
 
2012-09-22 08:59:53 AM
I have embezzled money from past employers successfully, albeit not nearly a scheme of this duration or magnitude, with no feelings of remorse, but I consider it immoral to steal funds from taxes.
 
2012-09-22 09:02:06 AM

Worldwalker: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Bu bu bu but it's GOVERNMENT, and Fark has taught me that government can do no wrong!

I am sadly disillusioned.

I have a sad.

[www.punjabigraphics.com image 300x400]

Isn't that one of those crippled cats (front legs are deformed/non-functional) that some sick people are breeding/selling? The buyers think it's "cute" that the poor cats have to hop on their hind legs and/or fall. Because, y'know, a crippled pet falling on its face all the time is just hilarious. If you're a sick fark.


Twisty cats. I'm not linking it. Google it yourself.
 
2012-09-22 09:05:21 AM

Smallberries: Threadslayer: Does that face come in menthol 100s?

ALL horse people look like this.

No idea why.

Rail skinny, and not in a good way, with too much sun?

They looked like over tanned leather by 50


That may be true, but they do have more than their fair share of really nice asses.
 
2012-09-22 09:43:22 AM

QT_3.14159: Horses never make one rich. It just doesn't work that way. Sometimes they pay off and you can eventually make money at it if you have enough to invest, but they never, EVER, make you rich.


Had a neighbor that was a large animal vet. He once sais that ifmit were up to him, hed give out free horses to anybody that wanted one.
 
2012-09-22 09:46:47 AM
"Fifty-nine-year-old Crundwell grew up in Dixon, attended Dixon High School where she was on the Homecoming Court, belonged to The National Honor Society and was president of the Business Occupations Club. She started working in city hall part-time as a student and worked her way up to the position of treasurer/comptroller. Everyone leaned on Crundwell."

So let me get this straight. They found the biggest 'High School Heather' in town, and put her in complete control over it's finances, with no checks on the job she's doing?

What could possibly go wrong?
 
2012-09-22 09:48:53 AM

Turbo Cojones: skinink: Got greedy and that did her in. She had to have guessed she would eventually be caught, even if it was $53 million dollars later. She should have followed Hans Gruber's advice for stealing large sums of valuables: "Well, when you steal $600, you can just disappear. When you steal 600 million, they will find you, unless they think you're already dead."

My guess is that she rolled all the dough into her personal money sponge. If she had stolen the loot and off-shored it, she might have had a chance at buying citizenship in S. America safe from the angry villagers and US Marshals.

How did the IRS miss this for 20 years? If I win $10K in Vegas, they are on me like white on rice!


Thats what im wondering, too. Its very hard to get dirty money into a place where you can use it to buy traceable items like a million dollar motor home, for example.

/or, so Ive heard
 
2012-09-22 09:54:12 AM

OscarTamerz: Somebody forgot trust but verify.

The real question is if she was taking 3 months leaves of absence who is her accomplice. it was probably the person who found the suspicious bank reports and turned her in. They were probably smart enough to launder the money carefully and have it in an offshore account and are just waiting for the opportunity to the pick it up after she's convicted for the entire amount. If she tries to claim that they were in on it everyone will assume it's just revenge. They can go on disability or private sector and disappear with their 10 or 20 million to some extradition free country like Morocco.


I like the way you think.

Also, here is a list of her horses, including Packin Jewels and Sum For Me. The entire list is unbelievable.

http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wls/docume nts/wls_050112_Dixon311horsesLIS T .pdf
 
2012-09-22 10:36:41 AM

Worldwalker: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Bu bu bu but it's GOVERNMENT, and Fark has taught me that government can do no wrong!

I am sadly disillusioned.

I have a sad.

[www.punjabigraphics.com image 300x400]

Isn't that one of those crippled cats (front legs are deformed/non-functional) that some sick people are breeding/selling? The buyers think it's "cute" that the poor cats have to hop on their hind legs and/or fall. Because, y'know, a crippled pet falling on its face all the time is just hilarious. If you're a sick fark.


I wouldn't know. It was one of several dozen pics on a googled "sad cat pic" website. Interesting but awesomely retarded attempt to paint a guilt-by-association, though. Thanks for trying! Time to get on the short bus, now.

Byebye.
 
2012-09-22 10:41:00 AM
wondering what will happen to all the proceeds from the auctions. I bet I will read about that in 10 years as someone else is hauled off to jail.
 
2012-09-22 11:45:26 AM

Turbo Cojones: skinink: Got greedy and that did her in. She had to have guessed she would eventually be caught, even if it was $53 million dollars later. She should have followed Hans Gruber's advice for stealing large sums of valuables: "Well, when you steal $600, you can just disappear. When you steal 600 million, they will find you, unless they think you're already dead."

My guess is that she rolled all the dough into her personal money sponge. If she had stolen the loot and off-shored it, she might have had a chance at buying citizenship in S. America safe from the angry villagers and US Marshals.

How did the IRS miss this for 20 years? If I win $10K in Vegas, they are on me like white on rice!


The IRS knows you won money in Vegas because the casino sends them a 1099.

The IRS had no idea this lady was stealing because oddly enough, people don't report stolen income.
 
2012-09-22 11:54:50 AM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Worldwalker: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Bu bu bu but it's GOVERNMENT, and Fark has taught me that government can do no wrong!

I am sadly disillusioned.

I have a sad.

[www.punjabigraphics.com image 300x400]

Isn't that one of those crippled cats (front legs are deformed/non-functional) that some sick people are breeding/selling? The buyers think it's "cute" that the poor cats have to hop on their hind legs and/or fall. Because, y'know, a crippled pet falling on its face all the time is just hilarious. If you're a sick fark.

I wouldn't know. It was one of several dozen pics on a googled "sad cat pic" website. Interesting but awesomely retarded attempt to paint a guilt-by-association, though. Thanks for trying! Time to get on the short bus, now.

Byebye.


Turd like typing detected.
 
2012-09-22 12:07:27 PM

Smallberries: Threadslayer: Does that face come in menthol 100s?

ALL horse people look like this.

No idea why.

Rail skinny, and not in a good way, with too much sun?

They looked like over tanned leather by 50


It follows the "people tend to look like their pets" and vice-versa adage.
 
2012-09-22 05:11:29 PM
blogs.courant.com
Really? I'm the penis with this?
 
2012-09-22 06:12:07 PM
She didn't build her horse farm business by herself. She had government help.
 
2012-09-22 07:12:05 PM

jaytkay: Ahhhh, downstate Illinois, home of heartland "real American" voters of the GOP base.

Give us a lecture about "values", please. That never gets old.


It happened in Reagan's hometown, so I guess GOP sleaze is bred in the bone there.
 
2012-09-22 10:49:18 PM

jtown: How the fark does a town of 15,733 even have $53,000,000 to steal, let alone not notice that a couple million dollars per year were disappearing? Actually, probably more per year over a shorter time because I'm sure she didn't just dive right in. Aren't audits a regular part of the oversight process? Oh. 21 annual audits with no red flags. Who did the audits? If the answer is "Rita Crundwell was in charge of the audits", that town's entire government needs to be flushed.


The city filed a lawsuit against the auditors back in June. I have a feeling that regardless of the outcome of the case that not many people will be using that auditing firm anymore.

Link
 
2012-09-22 11:25:00 PM

jigger: Really? I'm the penis with this?


Heh. Yep. You're the penis with that.
 
2012-09-23 02:12:53 AM

jigger: [blogs.courant.com image 850x478]
Really? I'm the penis with this?


Well, that does strike me as what "Rita Crundwell with a penis" would look like.
 
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