Melodie Gliniewicz, the widow of former Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, appeared for court Monday to resolve pre-trial issues regarding a former village administrator.
Melodie Gliniewicz, 57, of the 38500 block of North Lakeside Place in Antioch, was charged in 2016 with multiple counts of unlawful use of charitable funds and money laundering.
Gliniewicz and her late husband, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the Fox Lake Police Department’s Explorer Post for personal expenses from September 2009 through 2015, court records show.
Joe Gliniewicz was found fatally shot in September 2015 after he staged his suicide, prompting a massive manhunt.
Investigators said Joe Gliniewicz feared he was soon going to be caught for misusing the explorer post’s funds.
Gliniewicz’s attorneys and prosecutors met Monday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan for a pre-trial hearing.
Gliniewicz’s attorneys asked Lake County Judge James Booras to hold the Village of Fox Lake in contempt of court because they say village officials failed to turn over all documents related to former Fox Lake Village Administrator Anne Marrin, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Marrin was placed on administrative leave in January 2021 for her alleged toxic work culture and conduct, the Daily Herald reported. Marrin resigned from the village in March 2021.
Marrin is credited with raising questions about Joe Gliniewicz and his misuse of funds, the Tribune reported.
Attorneys for the village said they provided all relevant documents that weren’t protected by attorney-client privilege, the Daily Herald reported.
Booras asked both sides to resolve the pre-trial document issues and return to court on February 8.
Gliniewicz’s trial is scheduled for late February.