Wife of Illinois officer who staged suicide indicted

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FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The widow of a disgraced Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to appear he was gunned down in the line of duty, sparking an intensive manhunt, was indicted Wednesday on charges of assisting her husband in siphoning money from a youth program.

Melodie Gliniewicz turned herself in at the Lake County Sheriff's Office when she learned of the grand jury indictment, said detective Christopher Covelli, a sheriff's office spokesman. She was being processed and taken to the county jail Wednesday afternoon, he said. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Gliniewicz's husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide to look like a homicide because he feared discovery of embezzlement from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post.

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FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 02: Residents and police from Fox Lake and surrounding communities attend a vigil for slain Fox Lake police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz on September 2, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Gliniewicz was shot and killed yesterday during a foot chase with three suspects who remain at large. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 02: Officers salute as the family of slain Fox Lake police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz arrive for a vigil held in his honor on September 2, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Gliniewicz was shot and killed yesterday during a foot chase with three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Police officials follow Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz's family after a vigil at Lakefront Park to honor him on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police are searching for a second day to locate three suspects in the killing. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A mourner holds a sign during a vigil at Lakefront Park to honor the memory of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for the suspects wanted in the fatal shooting. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Police search from a helicopter for suspects in the shooting of a police officer, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
This undated photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was shot and killed Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt Tuesday in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of Gliniewicz. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP)
Members of various police agencies gather as they continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
CORRECTS TO GLINIEWICZ FROM GLINIEWITZ- Police officers confer while searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 outside Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
A heavily armed police officer walks in a shopping area after searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
Police officers meet up before heading out for a manhunt on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Police officers get get a break after coming off a search mission as temperatures exceeded 90 degrees during a manhunt for three suspects in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found with a gunshot wound shortly after the department lost radio communication with him during a foot chase of three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Police officers search an area for suspects involved in the shooting death of an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CORRECTS TO GLINIEWICZ FROM GLINIEWITZ- A police K-9 team rest after searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: A police sniper keeps watch from the roof of a home while other police search nearby for suspects involved in the shooting of an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: A police officers looks out across a search area as the manhunt continues for three suspects in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found with a gunshot wound shortly after the department lost radio communication with him during a foot chase of three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Supporters hold signs as police continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewitz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
Supporters hold signs as police continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Sisters Brittany (L) and Renee Evans join other residents in showing their support as the manhunt continues for three suspects in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found with a gunshot wound shortly after the department lost radio communication with him during a foot chase of three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Members of local, state and federal police agencies gather as they continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: A police officer searches an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A sniper and a lookout stand on top of a roof searching for two men following the killing of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Police officers search for suspects after a police officer was shot on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. (Joe Shuman/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Police officers search an area for suspects involved in the shooting death of an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FOX LAKE, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: A police officer cools down his search dog as temperatures exceeded 90 degrees during a manhunt for three suspects in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found with a gunshot wound shortly after the department lost radio communication with him during a foot chase of three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Police officers patrol a swampy area where a manhunt is taking place on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
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The officer's death touched off a manhunt involving hundreds of officers and raised fears that several killers were on the loose in northern Illinois. Joe Gliniewicz was initially hailed as a community hero and praised for his work with the youth program.

Two months after Gliniewicz' death, authorities announced that he had killed himself after embezzling from the village's Police Explorer program for seven years, prompting tough questions about why it had taken so long to reach that conclusion.

In a news release on Tuesday, the Lake County State's Attorney's office said an investigation determined that Melodie Gliniewicz used money from the police explorer's account to pay to make more than 400 restaurant purchases and a trip to Hawaii. Cavelli said Gliniewicz's son, D.J. Gliniewicz was not a suspect in the financial scheme and the son had "no idea the money was coming from this account."

In a statement, attorneys for Melodie Gliniewicz vehemently denied that she took part in her husband's scheme. "Melodie is a victim of her husband's secret action and looks forward to her day in Court to show the world her innocence," said the law firm of Kelleher & Buckley in a prepared statement.

Joe Gliniewicz had run the Explorer program for teens interested in possible careers in law enforcement. Authorities say Melodie Gliniewicz served as an adviser to the Explorer Post and had a fiduciary role with the program's finances.

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This version of the story corrects the spelling of Gliniewicz in the third paragraph.

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