Office manager allegedly stole $2.3 million to buy horse farm

Office manager allegedly stole $2.3 million to buy horse farm


A former office manager stole more than $2.3 million from her Illinois employer to finance a private horse farm, federal prosecutors said.

Mildred H. Crowley, 72, of Bourbonnais, was charged last week in federal court in Chicago with fraudulently opening a corporate credit card to rack up millions in personal expenses, including to pay for a horse farm and horse show, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced Monday.

Prosecutors said Crowley, who is accused of wire fraud, stole the money from a Lemont-based construction company from 2009 through 2020 by falsifying business records to hide her scheme.

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In August 2015, Crowley wrote on Facebook that her “dream is coming true” with the horse farm called Bit O’Luck in southwest Bourbonnais, which featured heated barns for saddlebreds and hackney ponies, as well as training, lessons and sales, according to a brochure.

“Thanks everyone,” Crowley wrote in a reply. “We are still doing work on the

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