Authorities have filed a seizure order for money in bank accounts that were frozen in the wake of former Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’s suicide and the subsequent criminal investigation of his wife, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.

Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted Wednesday on charges of money laundering and misuse of charitable funds. The next day prosecutors sought a seizure order from a Lake County Circuit Court judge — a formal step toward seizing some of the money frozen prior to charges being filed, according to a law enforcement source, who asked to remain anonymous.

The source said the seizure order could not be sought unless charges were filed.

By Tuesday afternoon, Judge Margaret Mullen is expected to be presented with a request to dismiss the existing freeze order and replace it with the seizure order, the source said. During a Tuesday morning hearing, Melodie Gliniewicz’s attorney, Charles Smith, told the judge the request would be an agreement between the defense and the Lake County state’s attorney’s office.

Smith had no further comment Tuesday morning.

Little recourse for donors seeking refunds in Gliniewicz case

Little recourse for donors seeking refunds in Gliniewicz case

For some of the donors who tried to help the family of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz after his death last fall, Wednesday’s indictment charging his widow in connection with her husband’s alleged thefts was one more sad turn in a story that already had many.

“It just makes your head…

For some of the donors who tried to help the family of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz after his death last fall, Wednesday’s indictment charging his widow in connection with her husband’s alleged thefts was one more sad turn in a story that already had many.

“It just makes your head…

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Authorities moved to seize five of the seven bank accounts that are under the existing freeze, according to the source, who explained that some of the frozen bank accounts were determined to have money belonging to the couple’s children. The seizure would keep the funds secure until the case is resolved, the source said.

The total amount of money involved won’t be made public as the investigation into the accounts is ongoing, the source said.

Before charges were filed against Melodie Gliniewicz, her attorneys were trying to overturn the court order freezing several of the family’s personal savings and checking accounts.

About $4,200 from her personal savings was released in November, according to court records. Melodie Gliniewicz also was given access in December to another $33,500, consisting of a paycheck and donations received after the officer’s Sept. 1 death, prosecutors said.

In court records released by Melodie Gliniewicz’s attorneys, an investigator for the state’s attorney’s office said both she and her husband “exerted unauthorized control over funds belonging to the Fox Lake Explorer program.”

Lt. Gliniewicz ran the Explorer youth policing program until his death — which was initially investigated as a homicide, but in November authorities ruled his death a suicide, saying he had staged it to look like a murder amid fears alleged thefts would come to light.

Investigators alleged Lt. Gliniewicz had been stealing from the youth group for seven years and spent the money on vacations, adult websites and other personal expenses.

Last week, a Lake County grand jury indicted Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, on charges related to her husband’s alleged crimes. She surrendered to Lake County authorities in Waukegan on Jan. 27 and was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Previewing a potential defense to the charges, her lawyers said in a statement that she was “a victim of her husband’s secret actions.”

Authorities said they believe more than $10,000 from police Explorer accounts was improperly used for personal spending.

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