No charges against son of Illinois officer

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CHICAGO, IL – Authorities say they don’t have enough evidence to charge the son of a disgraced northern Illinois policeman with financial crimes even though text messages show father and son discussing money pilfered from a youth program before the officer killed himself.

Authorities say Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz staged his September suicide to look like he’d been killed in the line of duty because he feared his embezzlement was about to be uncovered. His death triggered a massive, weeks-long manhunt that left the community on edge.

His wife was indicted Wednesday, but her lawyer denies she took part in the theft from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post her husband ran.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Covelli says investigators were not able to prove that the officer’s son, 23-year-old Donald “D.J.” Gliniewicz, knew beforehand that money he was spending had been stolen.

The wife of a northern Illinois police officer who killed himself after embezzling from a youth program has turned herself in after being indicted by a grand jury.

Melodie Gliniewicz was taken to the Lake County jail Wednesday. She was released later in the day after posting 10 percent of her $50,000 bond.

Her husband, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide to look like a homicide. Investigators believehe feared discovery of the embezzlement.

Authorities say Melodie Gliniewicz served as an adviser to the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post her husband ran.

A grand jury indicted the 51-year-old Gliniewicz on felony counts of money laundering and disbursing charitable funds without authority for personal benefit.

In a statement, her attorneys vehemently denied she took part in her husband’s scheme.