All the Queen’s Horses

A true crime documentary about the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history premieres this week. The film All The Queen’s Horses looks at how Rita Crundwell stole $53 million from a midwestern town without anyone noticing.

The former American Quarter Horse breeder siphoned millions from the small town of Dixon, IL. It happened during her more than 20-year career as the town’s comptroller. The stolen funds financed Crundwell’s extravagant horse show lifestyle while leaving the town in financial straits.

The documentary’s filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA, is also a forensic accounting expert. She began interviewing people immediately after Crundwell’s April 2012 arrest and firing.

Pope says Crundwell knew she had absolute control and no one overseeing her. There were also no checks and balances in place. “Internal controls are critical in any industry.”

Crundwell is serving an almost 20-year federal prison sentence. She still owes Dixon $43 million even after the Feds sold her horses, properties, and everything she owned, according to one estimate. Crundwell pays restitution monthly from the money she is paid for working in prison. It adds up to less than $70 monthly.

And Pope tells Rate My Horse PRO Crundwell receives no funds from the project.

The documentary premieres on August 9th at 1 PM at the Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.

View the film’s trailer by pushing the play button above.

 

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