WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- A grand jury has indicted the widow of former Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph "Joe" Gliniewicz on felony charges.
Melodie Gliniewicz was in custody Wednesday afternoon after she turned herself in to authorities. She later left jail after posting a $50,000 bond.
According to a statement by the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted on three counts of disbursing charitable funds without authority and for personal benefit (Class 2 felonies), one count of disbursing charitable funds without authority and for personal benefit (Class 3 felony), one count of money laundering (Class 2 felony), and one count of money laundering (Class 3 felony).
Her bond was set at $50,000.
During an investigation into the death of Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, investigators found inconsistencies in financial documents regarding non-business related money that had been withdrawn and money laundering had occurred involving the finances of the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post.
The statement says Melodie Gliniewicz was found to "hold a fiduciary role as an adult advisor with the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post." Lt. Joseph Glieniewicz oversaw the post for more than two years.
According to the statement,
"Detectives determined some of the personal expenses paid from the police explorer account included a trip to Hawaii, payments to businesses such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Fox Lake Theatre, and over 400 restaurant charges."
Attorneys for Melodie released the following statement:
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.