FOX LAKE — WGN in Chicago is reporting Lt. Joe Gliniewicz’s wife Melodie and son D.J. are under criminal investigation in connection with the embezzlement of funds from the Fox Lake Police Department’s Explorer program.
Sources tell WGN police are investigating whether Melodie and D.J Gliniewicz had any part in the embezzling scheme.
WGN is reporting investigators say Gliniewicz and his wife vacationed in Hawaii, where up to $9,000 from the Explorers program was spent.
In announcing Lt. Joe Glinieiwcz’s death has been ruled a suicide, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force officials said Wednesday, November 4th the officer had been stealing and laundering money from the police department program that mentored young people hoping to become law enforcement officers, George Filenko, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander said. Gliniewicz, a leader in that program, had been stealing money for at least seven years, he said.
The investigation found that the officer, who had experience creating mock crime scenes, staged his suicide to make it look like a homicide.
Investigators then found that the village of Fox Lake, north of Chicago, had started “a thorough internal audit of all of their assets” and that Gliniewicz was concerned might unearth proof of his illicit financial activities, Filenko said.
Authorities released text messages Gliniewicz exchanged with unidentified people in which he discussed the Explorer Post, the youth organization sponsored by the police department. Gliniewicz wanted sponsorship moved to another organization so the city administrator would not scrutinize the post finances.
“Chief won’t sign off to move it to american legion and if she gets ahold of the old checking account, im pretty well (expletive),” a May 13 text said.
On June 25 he advised that same person “to start dumping money into that account or you will be visiting me in JAIL!! The 1600 and the 777 all came from there…”
Task force investigators said during Wednesday’s news conference two others were involved in criminal activity, though that inquiry is ongoing. Officials did not comment further on that.
But sources tell WGN “Individual 1″ and Individual 2” listed in the transcript of those text messages released by officials are Melodie Gliniewicz and D.J. Gliniewicz.
Investigators were able to recover the electronic messages, though they were deleted from Gliniewicz’s personal and work cell phones.
Through an attorney, the Gliniewicz family released a statement Wednesday saying:
“Today has been another day of deep sorrow for the Gliniewicz family. The family has cooperated with the Task Force’s investigation and will not comment at this time. The Gliniewicz family requests that their privacy be respected as they continue to cope with the loss of the beloved husband and father.”