By: Christine Souders
Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon Comptroller, has admitted to stealing tens of millions of dollars over the past 2 decades, but who else are Dixon leaders saying should be held accountable?
Now, the city's longtime accounting firm is facing a hefty lawsuit.
The city is suing Clifton Larson Allen for not catching the fraud while auditing the city's books, and Dixon residents we talked to said they are rooting for the city to get their $53 million dollars back.
For more than 50 years, Linda Brantley has owned a jewelry store in Downtown Dixon.
She said, had Rita Crundwell been caught by the firm, the city could have been using the $53 million to revitalize downtown, "It's not fair to us as merchants. If they had more money to spend, they might spend it here, and so it affects us all."
And Linda's not the only one who said Clifton Larson Allen should be sharing the blame, along with Crundwell.
"You want your plumber to do his job, you want your mayor and your babysitters to do their jobs, and if they fail, they should be held accountable," said Chuck Hilliard, a Dixon Resident.
The city's lawsuit is asking the firm to pay the rest of the $53 million, $8 million already raised by selling off Crundewell's belongings.
But the firm said it wasn't required to do the type of testing that might have uncovered the fraud.
"The city's done without for many years, and I think it's be a good idea to get back some of its money, and maybe the rest of us," said Donna Irvin.
And one could only guess what the city would have been, if auditor's didn't miss the biggest embezzler in U.S. History.
"I imagine how prosperous Dixon truly was in all this time, and where it could be now. It's hurtful," said Hilliard.
Samuel Card, an outside CPA from Sterling, is also included in the lawsuit.
We reached out to Card and the city's attorney, but didn't get a response from either of them.
is scheduled to be sentenced next week.