More disturbing details about the secret life of police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, who planned his suicide last September to look like a murder, have been brought to light and authorities say he may have arranged a “sham marriage” between his alleged mistress and his son, Donald “D.J.” Gliniewicz, a report from the Chicago Sun Times revealed.
According to new information from authorities, Gliniewicz, who was married, had an affair with a woman. He later arranged to have that woman marry his son, who is in the army, in order to boost the military benefits for D.J., since being married could add up to thousands more per year, a WGN-TV report explained.
Police also suspect that Gliniewicz’s wife, Melodie, whom he was married to for 26 years, knew about the sham marriage and she is now being investigated and could face charges in the embezzlement scheme. The shocking revelations late Thursday come after authorities acknowledged earlier in the day that Gliniewicz plotted “to put a hit” on village administrator Anne Marrin because he feared she would find out what he was doing, New York Daily News wrote.
Shortly after his suicide, investigators discovered packets of cocaine in Gliniewicz’s possession and they now believe he may have been plotting to plant the drugs on Marrin. According to a report from NBC Chicago, officials said Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post, a program that instructs youth between the ages of 14 and 21 on law enforcement material, over the past seven years. Gliniewicz reportedly used thousands of dollars for personal purchases, mortgages, travel expenses, gym memberships, adult websites and to facilitate personal loans.
The death of Joe Gliniewicz was a “carefully staged suicide,” according to Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko, who has been leading the investigation into his death under mysterious circumstances. Filenko also said that Gliniewicz had “significant experience” staging mock crime scenes for the police explorer training.
Police say Gliniewicz, whom they knew as G.I. Joe, had a history of intimidation and misconduct for years. On file there are numerous suspensions, sexual harassment and complaints alleging that Gliniewicz intimidated dispatchers with a gun, among other reports. One of his own men, who anonymously sent a letter to the mayor of Fox Lake in 2009, had accused him of a variety of misdeeds that had “destroyed morale in the department.”
His record was released Thursday and it revealed that Gliniewicz had tried to hire a hit man to kill Anne Marrin, because he feared she would expose his wrongdoing. The Associated Press reported that detective Chris Covelli said Gliniewicz sent a text in April asking a woman to set up a meeting with a “high ranking gang member to put a hit on” Marrin. Gliniewick was said to have been under great stress levels due to the scrutiny of investigators about his criminal activity.
Meanwhile, Marrin said she was “shocked” to learn that Gliniewicz might have tried to kill her.
“This was a horrific thing that happened to this community, to this administration, to all of the employees and all of the residents,” Marrin said. “I’m sure there’s people that are going to say, ‘I just can’t believe it.’ And I can tell you that the major crime task force has worked hard and diligently. We immediately began working with them on this. And they would not present this in the way they did if they were not 100 percent sure.”
As more information comes to light, groups who donated money for the investigation of the death of Gliniewicz have requested their money back. Investigators also believe that at least two other people are involved in criminal activity; although, they declined to give further details.
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