Illinois officer spent embezzled money on coffee, movies

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Court documents show a northern Illinois police officer who authorities say killed himself after years of embezzling from a police-sponsored youth program spent the stolen money on items including coffee, restaurants and movies.

The records were released by attorneys for Melodie Gliniewicz, the widow of late Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Authorities say he staged his suicide to look like a homicide because he feared his theft was about to be exposed.

Melodie Gliniewicz’s attorneys argue prosecutors wrongly froze her bank accounts and say in a Tuesday news release that she can’t pay her mortgage, doctor bills and other family expenses.

The court documents state that Gliniewicz took thousands of dollars from the Explorer program to pay for personal items such as hormonal supplements and adult websites.