Lt. Gliniewicz’s wife, son under investigation in connection with embezzling scheme

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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.

Melodie Gliniewicz

Melodie Gliniewicz

CLICK HERE for photos from that vacation obtained by WGN.

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.

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz's wife, Mel makes remarks at his vigil

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz’s wife, Mel makes remarks at his vigil

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…”

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

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.”

READ IT: Documents in Lt. Joe Gliniewicz case, including text message transcripts


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  • Megan

    When his son got on the news and said its not true about his father committing suicide, my first thought was The other two individuals that was involved, could be his own family members. How could they not be involved? Think people, he set up his death his family would not have gotten his life insurance policy if he killed himself. This is a very twisted story.

    • Opinion8d

      As long as the life insurance has been inforce over 2 years, it doesn’t matter if he killed himself. It may have to do with benefits or pension or something else – maybe a ‘bonus’ for dying in the line of duty.

  • Opinion8d

    Sounds a little far fetched Paul. Organized crime?? People brutalized by this cop -please tell me who was brutalized. Since little has been released, we really don’t have all the facts. He appears to have done lots of good in the community -that can’t be taken away. Looks like he also stole money…..but how much and why? I know it doesn’t matter whether it’s $1 or $1M, but realistically it could be a minimal amount -he would still lose his job and face the embarrassment.

    • megan

      He was put in a position that involved the handling of funds and stole it. And yes it was more than $1… Almost $700 for plane tickets, borrowed the son almost $3 ,000 for a truck, and withdrawing money . So yes we can guess its a couple thousand if not a couple hundred thousand.. He was a crook and killed himself to cover it up.

  • jeff

    He was a crook, a liar, a thief, and a coward. He deceived the people he was sworn to protect. It’s likely his wife knew as well as his son but he was the one wearing the uniform misleading his community into thinking he was a hero, a regular guy, and a good servant. Sadly, instead, he was nothing more than a common thief.

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