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Grand Jury Indicts Widow of Disgraced Illinois Cop for Embezzlement

Melodie Gliniewicz
Mark Welsh—AP Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, of Antioch,Ill., appearars at the Lake County sheriff's office after she was indicted in Waukegan, Ill., by a Lake County grand jury.

The couple is accused of stealing from a charity

A grand jury indicted the widow of a disgraced Illinois cop Wednesday for embezzling money from the same youth charity her deceased husband did.

Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, was indicted on felony counts of money laundering and disbursing charitable funds without authority for personal benefit, according to USA Today. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Gliniewicz and her husband Joseph embezzled money from the Fox Lake Police Department’s Explorer youth charity account.

Gliniewicz is believed to have killed himself because he thought that he was on the verge of being discovered for stealing from the fund. His death resulted in a massive manhunt for his imagined murderers in September along the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Authorities believe that this was an “carefully staged suicide” to fool them into believing that Gliniewicz was killed in the line of duty.

The Sheriff’s Department said that the couple stole thousands to pay for their lifestyle. The pair spent the money over seven years to pay their mortgage, travel to Hawaii, dine out at restaurants, a gym membership and adult websites, according to officials.

Gliniewicz maintained her innocence, with her lawyers releasing a statement deflecting the blame on her husband. “Considering Melodie’s cooperation with law enforcement, she is devastated by the decision to bring charges against her,” wrote the law office of Kelleher & Buckley. “Melodie is a victim of her husband’s secret actions and looks forward to her day in court to show the world her innocence.”

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