The Gene Siskel Film Center
Rita Crundwell stole more than $53 million of public funds across two decades in office as the City Comptroller and Treasurer for Dixon, Illinois––a town with a population of just 16,000. She used the money to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeding empires and fuel her lavish lifestyle, all while forcing city staff cuts, police budget slashing, and neglect of public infrastructure. In 2012, after a close colleague-turned-whistleblower finally uncovered her scheme and alerted the Mayor, the FBI arrested Crundwell as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in American history.
All the Queen’s Horses is the riveting story of how a pillar of the community could so callously execute a scam of such magnitude. This film reveals the procedures behind how executed the fraud, got away with it for so long, how she was caught, how the city is attempting to rebuild and recover, and how if it happened in Dixon, it could happen anywhere.