© 2019 Kelly Richmond Pope

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ALL THE QUEEN'S HORSES

All the Queen's Horses Documentary
Directed By

Kelly Richmond Pope

About the Film

In 2012, Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation's history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in the heart of Illinois. Rita Crundwell became one of the nation's leading quarter horse breeders, traveled the world, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair. All the Queen's Horses aims to illuminate this landmark case and bring to light the blatant negligence of auditors and bankers the public relied on to keep their tax dollars safe.

Press & Articles

MAY 11, 2015, Kathleen Thometz –  "The crème de la crème of this feast was watching a screening of the partially made All The Queen's Horses during the Kartemquin Spring Showcase at The Gene Siskel Film Center. I went to the screening wanting to know about Rita Crundwell, the perp. I wanted to know what she was thinking. I wanted to see the horseshoe tiled into her shower floor and her $2 million motor coach. In the panel discussion after the film, Ms. Pope stated that she had no plans at this time to interview Ms. Crundwell for the film because that is not what this film is about. It's about what this theft did to the town of Dixon. It shows what can happen when a town doesn't have sound internal controls."

AUG 20, 2013, Rate My Horse Pro Staff –  "Pope says one of the most impactful pieces of the documentary surrounds Crundwell’s horses – specifically, when Good I Will Be is auctioned. “Besides the fact that many of Rita’s horses had names that eluded to the fact that she was stealing money, these horses in many ways were representative of the innocent residents of Dixon.”

JUL 30, 2013, Kelly Richmond Pope – "In the wake of the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history, the questions still swirl. How could the treasurer of an Illinois town with an annual budget of $6 million to $8 million embezzle nearly $54 million over two decades? How could such a scam go undetected in annual audits by two independent accounting firms and in annual audit reviews by state regulators?"

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