Prosecutors say Crundwell's scheme unraveled only after a co-worker filling in for her while she was on an extended vacation stumbled upon the secret bank account.
Her arrest stunned Dixon, a small city along a picturesque vein of the Mississippi River in Illinois farm country. Its 16,000 residents are largely lower-middle class, working at factories, grain farms, the local prison and a hospital, among other places.
Crundwell also has pleaded not guilty to 60 separate but related felony theft counts in Lee County.
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