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Melodie Gliniewicz sentencing: Widow of disgraced Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz sentenced to 24 months probation

WAUKEGAN, Ailing. (WLS) — A Lake County choose sentenced the widow of a disgraced Fox Lake police lieutenant to 24 months’ probation Tuesday.

Melodie Gliniewicz pleaded responsible in February, admitting she took cash from a police youth explorers program.

WATCH | Melodie Gliniewicz speaks at sentencing listening to

Gliniewicz additionally was given 90 days in jail, however the choose stated the jail time is stayed and solely could be invoked if she violates the phrases of her probation.

The choose granted her attorneys’ request for second-hand probation. As a first-time offender, the felony conviction can be cleared from her file.

“I wish to make it clear, I by no means took a cent from the explorer fund it doesn’t matter what’s been reported,” Melodie Gliniewicz instructed the courtroom Tuesday.

In 2015, prosecutors stated her husband, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, staged his suicide to make it appear like a murder to cowl up the embezzlement. The cash was allegedly used on issues like film tickets, eating places, holidays and gymnasium memberships.

Cameras are within the courtroom Tuesday for the sentencing listening to.
Melodie Gliniewicz walked into the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan surrounded by her authorized staff with out saying a phrase.

Gliniewicz was charged in 2016 with 11 felony counts of cash laundering and utilizing charitable funds for private use. Her responsible plea resulted in all different prices being dropped, and assured she wouldn’t have to face trial.

Through the listening to, a number of witnesses have been known as on either side.

A 26-minute video interrogation of Melodie Gliniewicz, accomplished shortly after her husband’s demise, was additionally performed. In it, she admits he took cash from the Youth Explorer’s program, however insisting these funds, have been all the time paid again.

“Folks wish to go, ‘That is embezzling funds.’ No, not whenever you pay it again,” Gliniewicz was heard saying within the video. “Each time he borrowed cash he’d let me know, and I would write it down.”

Prosecutors known as a former district government with the Boy Scouts of America, who additionally oversaw a Fox Lake Police Explorer submit.

He was requested a number of questions on his interactions with Lt. Gliniewicz, who headed the submit.

And he recalled a name he received from Melodie Gliniewicz in August of 2015 through which she was pleading with him to maneuver the submit’s constitution to the American Legion as a result of it was in jeopardy.

“She begged and pleaded with me to maneuver that constitution to the American Legion. That explorer submit meant every little thing to Joe, and he did not wish to lose it,” William Peppler stated. “Principally, I hate to make use of the phrase begging, however pleading to get that accomplished to save lots of that submit as a result of she was very afraid, Joe was very afraid, that town was going to dissolve that program.”

Prosecutors additionally introduced in a forensic accountant to indicate how beginning in 2009, tens of 1000’s of {dollars} have been taken from a Youth Explorers checking account to pay for issues like a visit to Hawaii, gymnasium memberships, eating places, and even pornography.

However the accountant stated there was by no means a transparent hyperlink that Melodie Gliniewicz had been straight answerable for any of the transactions.

Gliniewicz’s protection lawyer spoke in February when she pleaded responsible to at least one rely of misleading practices for her half in her husband’s embezzlement scheme.

“She feels very strongly truly that she isn’t culpable; nonetheless, she took duty for her actions to place this behind her,” lawyer Don Morrison stated.

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“It is actually essential that folks perceive they can not misuse charitable funds; they can not use charitable funds as their very own piggy financial institution and do different issues with them,” Lake County State’s Legal professional Eric Rinehart stated.

Prosecutors had stated publicly they have been looking for probation, but in addition requested for a felony conviction on her file.

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