Read Your Tax Bill

Chicago, IL

#62 Jan 29, 2013
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>City hall needs to be scrubbed.
Amen.
frank

United States

#63 Jan 31, 2013
Carmine bilotto failed to attend today's very important tif meeting . He simply does not have the time to be the treasurer. Vote him out.
BlueIslandSkepti c

United States

#64 Jan 31, 2013
frank wrote:
Carmine bilotto failed to attend today's very important tif meeting . He simply does not have the time to be the treasurer. Vote him out.
Who did? I hope Peloquin & Frasor didn't do anything stupid.
Rooster

Chicago, IL

#65 Feb 2, 2013
The chickens have come home to roost.
2nd Ward Resident

Milan, IL

#66 Feb 4, 2013
The city needs to be run like a business. Don, Carmine, Pam, Rita, etc. Do any of them have the experience needed....no!!!

We would probably be better off hiring a consultant to run the city!
no shame

Blue Island, IL

#67 Feb 5, 2013
2nd Ward Resident wrote:
The city needs to be run like a business. Don, Carmine, Pam, Rita, etc. Do any of them have the experience needed....no!!!
We would probably be better off hiring a consultant to run the city!
Your thirty years to late. They are just greedy. Dedicated people with good common sense can run any city.
Build BI2

United States

#68 Feb 5, 2013
2nd Ward Resident wrote:
The city needs to be run like a business. Don, Carmine, Pam, Rita, etc. Do any of them have the experience needed....no!!!
We would probably be better off hiring a consultant to run the city!
. Let's not forget to add Mr. Anastasia to the exit roster! We need a strong financial manager!
Years Later

Chicago, IL

#69 Feb 6, 2013
How Dixon's auditors missed the biggest embezzler of all time

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP is the dog that didn't bark.

The accounting firm was the auditor of the city of Dixon, while also performing other financial duties for the north-central Illinois community such as check processing. In addition, its personnel prepared tax returns for then-Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Yet CliftonLarson never caught on to the fact that Ms. Crundwell was an embezzler who siphoned away $53.7 million over 20 years in what is said to be the biggest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Now Dixon is demanding that the firm compensate it for the entire loss, contending in a lawsuit that the bookkeepers failed to connect easily linkable dots.

The suit alleges, for instance, that CliftonLarson overlooked clearly bogus state invoices submitted to City Hall by Ms. Crundwell that resulted in six-figure checks that she steered into her own account at a local bank branch where Dixon kept its funds. In 2005, her city salary was $56,428.

Ms. Crundwell, a 60-year-old horse breeder who had worked for her hometown since high school, is scheduled to be sentenced next week by a federal judge in Rockford after pleading guilty in November to one count of wire fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Federal marshals have collected $8 million by auctioning off some of her ill-gotten goods, which included hundreds of horses and 14 cars.

Litigation against CliftonLarson is only beginning to unfold. Dixon—a farm-country city of 15,700 and one of Ronald Reagan's boyhood homes—hired a high-profile Chicago personal-injury law firm, Power Rogers & Smith P.C., to sue for damages in late December.

CONTINUED TO AUDIT

CliftonLarson, which was known as Clifton Gunderson LLP until a merger last year, was founded in Peoria in 1960. It now is based in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The firm, which specializes in accounting for privately held business, small municipalities and nonprofits, has 1,550 CPAs and $570 million in annual revenue, about half the size of McGladrey LLP and Grant Thornton LLP, both based in Chicago.

Attorney Devon Bruce of Power Rogers & Smith P.C.
Erik Unger

CliftonLarson in 2005 resigned as auditor for Dixon in order to keep other city assignments such as ledger-keeping after an influx of federal funds required the town to hire an independent auditor.

In its lawsuit, however, Dixon contends that CliftonLarson continued to do the annual audit and get paid for it, while hiring a sole-practitioner CPA from nearby Sterling to sign off on the work, thereby preventing competitors from grabbing the business. CliftonLarson says it prepared only a bare-bones “compilation” of financials after 2005 to aid the new auditor, Samuel Card, 56, who also is a defendant.

“The type of audits our firm performed through 2005 and the compilation services provided since 2006 did not require the sort of detailed testing needed to uncover the fraud or a forensic investigation to determine if the city's Comptroller Rita Crundwell was fabricating invoices,” CliftonLarson says in a statement. Having lost Dixon as a client, the audit firm says it is working with the city “as it seeks to discover all of the facts that will describe what has happened in this case.”

Reached in his Sterling office, Mr. Card says,“All my comments can come from my attorney.” Chicago lawyer Thomas Falkenberg of Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., who says he was retained by Mr. Card's unnamed insurance carrier, responds,“We're just going to let this litigation play out.”
Years Later

Chicago, IL

#70 Feb 6, 2013
How Dixon's auditors missed the biggest embezzler of all time

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP is the dog that didn't bark.

The accounting firm was the auditor of the city of Dixon, while also performing other financial duties for the north-central Illinois community such as check processing. In addition, its personnel prepared tax returns for then-Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Yet CliftonLarson never caught on to the fact that Ms. Crundwell was an embezzler who siphoned away $53.7 million over 20 years in what is said to be the biggest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Now Dixon is demanding that the firm compensate it for the entire loss, contending in a lawsuit that the bookkeepers failed to connect easily linkable dots.

The suit alleges, for instance, that CliftonLarson overlooked clearly bogus state invoices submitted to City Hall by Ms. Crundwell that resulted in six-figure checks that she steered into her own account at a local bank branch where Dixon kept its funds. In 2005, her city salary was $56,428.

Ms. Crundwell, a 60-year-old horse breeder who had worked for her hometown since high school, is scheduled to be sentenced next week by a federal judge in Rockford after pleading guilty in November to one count of wire fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Federal marshals have collected $8 million by auctioning off some of her ill-gotten goods, which included hundreds of horses and 14 cars.

Litigation against CliftonLarson is only beginning to unfold. Dixon—a farm-country city of 15,700 and one of Ronald Reagan's boyhood homes—hired a high-profile Chicago personal-injury law firm, Power Rogers & Smith P.C., to sue for damages in late December.

CONTINUED TO AUDIT

CliftonLarson, which was known as Clifton Gunderson LLP until a merger last year, was founded in Peoria in 1960. It now is based in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The firm, which specializes in accounting for privately held business, small municipalities and nonprofits, has 1,550 CPAs and $570 million in annual revenue, about half the size of McGladrey LLP and Grant Thornton LLP, both based in Chicago.

CliftonLarson in 2005 resigned as auditor for Dixon in order to keep other city assignments such as ledger-keeping after an influx of federal funds required the town to hire an independent auditor.

In its lawsuit, however, Dixon contends that CliftonLarson continued to do the annual audit and get paid for it, while hiring a sole-practitioner CPA from nearby Sterling to sign off on the work, thereby preventing competitors from grabbing the business. CliftonLarson says it prepared only a bare-bones “compilation” of financials after 2005 to aid the new auditor, Samuel Card, 56, who also is a defendant.

“The type of audits our firm performed through 2005 and the compilation services provided since 2006 did not require the sort of detailed testing needed to uncover the fraud or a forensic investigation to determine if the city's Comptroller Rita Crundwell was fabricating invoices,” CliftonLarson says in a statement. Having lost Dixon as a client, the audit firm says it is working with the city “as it seeks to discover all of the facts that will describe what has happened in this case.”

Reached in his Sterling office, Mr. Card says,“All my comments can come from my attorney.” Chicago lawyer Thomas Falkenberg of Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., who says he was retained by Mr. Card's unnamed insurance carrier, responds,“We're just going to let this litigation play out.”
Years Later

Chicago, IL

#71 Feb 6, 2013
'TWO-MINUTE PHONE CALL'

In depositions in late 2012, Power Rogers attorney Devon Bruce produced CliftonLarson emails after 2005 that referred to the firm's “audit” of Dixon. Also entered into the record were invoices submitted by Ms. Crundwell supposedly from the Illinois Department of Transportation that lacked an IDOT heading or logo and, in one instance, carried a nonexistent date—Nov. 31, 2004.

“Had a two-minute phone call been made by a Clifton employee to the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding any of these false invoices, Rita Crundwell's theft would have been identified at that time,” the lawsuit argues.

Mr. Bruce says that despite CliftonLarson's assertion that it stopped doing audit work for Dixon in 2005, city payments to the firm dipped only slightly and by fiscal 2008 were $15,000 higher than they had been in fiscal 2005.

During a Nov. 8 deposition in Dixon, Mr. Bruce quizzed retired CliftonLarson partner and Dixon office head Ronald Blaine about tax returns he prepared for Ms. Crundwell. Her 2007 return showed gross receipts of nearly $700,000 for which Mr. Blaine could not recall demanding or receiving documentation. When she was arrested in April, he testified,“We had the same shock and awe as everybody else in the city did.”

Mr. Blaine did not return a call to his Dixon home.
BlueIslandSkepti c

United States

#72 Feb 6, 2013
Who gives a damn about Dixon?! i care about Blue Island...leave Dixon to their own problems on their own damn forum. Don't bring their crap here. This is Blue Island's.
You Should

Chicago, IL

#73 Feb 6, 2013
BlueIslandSkeptic wrote:
Who gives a damn about Dixon?! i care about Blue Island...leave Dixon to their own problems on their own damn forum. Don't bring their crap here. This is Blue Island's.
Dixon has to recover from a 20 year mess, considered to be the biggest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Dixon is demanding that the firm compensate it for the entire loss, contending in a lawsuit that the bookkeepers failed to connect easily linkable dots.

Blue Island has a 30 year paper trail demanding a closer look.
Where Your Tax Dollars Go

Chicago, IL

#74 Feb 6, 2013
Where in the world have Blue Island's tax dollars gone for the past thirty years?
watchin bi

Chicago, IL

#75 Feb 6, 2013
yea, Blue Island paper trail? That paper trail is probably at the bar with minderman. Dixion found Crundwell yinternally through the city.Maybe Donny will turn in Frasor. Then Carmine will turn over the accounting. Then they will call natalino. They can hire sullivan to defend them.Then they will stay together. We have to find Don. He will probably be at the next meeting. If u have time to write so much about dixion go to dixion.
follow the money

Blue Island, IL

#76 Feb 6, 2013
You Should wrote:
<quoted text>
Dixon has to recover from a 20 year mess, considered to be the biggest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Dixon is demanding that the firm compensate it for the entire loss, contending in a lawsuit that the bookkeepers failed to connect easily linkable dots.
Blue Island has a 30 year paper trail demanding a closer look.
Yes , Mr. Stevo Asked Mayor Peloquin at a city council meeting if the Dixon scheme could happen in Blue Island? And the Mayor quickly said NO. As if they were hiding something. Carmine Biloto must go, he doesn't do the treasurers report! He does nothing! So how do we know the books are accurate?
Auditors

United States

#77 Feb 6, 2013
follow the money wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes , Mr. Stevo Asked Mayor Peloquin at a city council meeting if the Dixon scheme could happen in Blue Island? And the Mayor quickly said NO. As if they were hiding something. Carmine Biloto must go, he doesn't do the treasurers report! He does nothing! So how do we know the books are accurate?
Auditors audit what they are given and sign off accordingly.
Change and Transparency

Chicago, IL

#78 Feb 6, 2013
Replace him, with change and transparency.
shell game

Blue Island, IL

#79 Feb 6, 2013
How do we know a similar act did not happen here in Blue Island? The city treasurer Carmine Biloto does not compile his monthly report! So the extra layer of security is missing because of his malfeasance.
BlueIslandSkeptic wrote:
Who gives a damn about Dixon?! i care about Blue Island...leave Dixon to their own problems on their own damn forum. Don't bring their crap here. This is Blue Island's.
bulmaro

Blue Island, IL

#80 Feb 9, 2013
How many elected positions does the biloto family need,? Carmine treasure Fred township supervisor both ghost pay rollers.and then there is Fred at the park district costing taxpayers for his responsibility in the death of carlos salgado and the pain that caused. Now the daughter wants to be alderman. They do not deserve to be a dog catcher.
successor

Mokena, IL

#81 Feb 9, 2013
Build BI2 wrote:
<quoted text>. Let's not forget to add Mr. Anastasia to the exit roster! We need a strong financial manager!
I think Anastasia already bailed. I heard his job was handed to his son.

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