Fox Lake Police Lt. Gliniewicz apparently committed suicide for fear of an internal investigation about missing or mismanagement of funds from the Village of Fox Lake Police Explorer Program.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
November 3, 2015
Fox Lake, Illinois – Fox Lake County officials investigating the death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52, are expected to claim that Gliniewicz committed suicide on September 1. Lt. Gliniewicz died from two self-inflicted wounds attributed to fear of an internal investigation about missing or mismanaged funds from the Village of Fox Lake Police Explorer Program. He allegedly used the department’s money for personal purchases, mortgage payments, travel expenses, gym memberships and adult websites totalling thousands of dollars within the last seven years without authorization, according to an investgation.
Lt. Gliniewicz fear of getting indicted for the missing funds triggered his suicide, according to law enforcement sources. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday to confirm that Lt. Gliniewicz committed suicide.
The Fox Lake Police Department has taken Lt. Gliniewicz photo off its website and Facebook page.
Update: Village of Fox Lake Administrator Anne Marrin during a press conference on Wednesday confirmed that Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was under an internal investigation for embezzling thousands of dollars and that she had questioned him about it. Marrin says, the investigation is ongoing and anyone who helped or was involved with Lt. Gliniewicz criminal activity will be prosecuted. Lt. Gliniewicz’s wife and son are under investigation for conspiracy to commit embezzlement, according to police sources.
Also, Commander George Filenko of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force said, that Lt. Gliniewicz had committed suicide and emails from Lt. Gliniewicz indicates that pressure was mounting that he would eventually get indicted for stealing thousands of dollars from the Village of Fox Lake Police Explorer Program.
Gliniewicz family had said, that Lt. Gliniewicz would not commit suicide and that he was days from retirement from the police force.