Widow of Fox Lake police Lt. Gliniewicz accused of assisting in scheme

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CHICAGO (AP) _ 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, and her bond was set at $50,000.

Her husband, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide to look like a homicide. Investigators believe he 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.


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