Dixon, Ill., has sued the city’s auditors for failing to uncover former Treasurer Rita Crundwell’s alleged embezzlement of more than $50 million.

The city sued Janis Card Associates, accusing the accounting firm of professional negligence and negligent misrepresentation for failing to report and identify irregularities in the city’s financial  statements, accounting and controls.

The lawsuit was filed in Lee County. Authorities initially accused Crundwell of stealing $30 million since 2006, but later revised that figure upward to $53 million over two decades.

The firm did not respond to requests for comment, according to published reports.

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