Widow of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Glinewicz was indicted on charges of misuse of charitable funds and money laundering on Wednesday. Authorities have said that Lt. Gliniewicz took his life Sept. 1 — staging it to look like he was shot by three suspects he was pursuing — amid fears that his “extensive criminal acts” were about to be exposed.
The misappropriated funds between September 2008 and September 2015 were used for personal expenses such as a trip to Hawaii and charges at Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Fox Lake Theatre, according to authorities and the indictment. They also included over 400 restaurant bills, authorities said. Melodie Gliniewicz’s attorneys asserted her innocence Wednesday and said she is a victim of her late husband’s secrecy.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran summarized how the shooting of Lt. Gliniewicz came to national attention. He was deemed a hero killed in the line of duty, until authorities discovered he had been worrying about being thrown in jail for misuse of Explorer Post funds. His death was a meticulously crafted suicide designed to look like suspects killed him, investigators concluded. There never were any suspects involved. Sheriff shared his sentiments of hope that the city will continue to heal.
Fox Lake, all of Lake County, and quite frankly the entire country have been through a mix of emotions throughout the Gliniewicz investigations. It is my hope the community can continue healing and rebuilding,”
The Chicago suburb of Fox Lake wasn’t directly involved in the investigation of alleged embezzlement, but it did assist investigators, officials said. Investigators examined more than 10,000 pages of documents and subpoenaed banks and business records since the September death of Gliniewicz, who was an officer with Fox Lake police for 30 years. Authorities concluded his shooting was self-inflicted after federal investigators in Quantico, Virginia, recovered text messages that Gliniewicz had deleted from his cell phone. In all, 6,500 pages of texts were reclaimed, authorities said. Giniewicz’s attorney released a statement saying she was devastated by the indictment.
Melodie has suffered greatly over the past few months and continues to move her family forward after the emotionally traumatizing events of September 1, 2015. Considering Melodie’s cooperation with law enforcement, she is devastated by the decision to bring charges against her. Melodie is a victim of her husband’s secret actions and looks forward to her day in Court to show the world her innocence. Melodie requests that the media respect her and her children’s privacy.”
The court records released by Melodie Gliniewicz’s attorneys in November show prosecutors were looking into several bank accounts and credit cards Lt. Gliniewicz had access to, some of which appeared to have been used for both personal expenses and the business of the Explorers. In recent months, authorities have said they have been looking at two people besides Joe Gliniewicz in connection with the use of funds from the Explorer Post. They haven’t identified the third person.