CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - In her mugshot, Melodie Gliniewicz seems to have a stunned sense of disbelief. But for some people in and around Fox Lake, the charges against her were expected.
“Just from keeping on track with everything and keeping up-to-date, if she was involved, I'm not surprised that they indicted her,” said Ken Wheeler, who lives across the street from the Gliniewicz family in Antioch.
As people in Fox Lake learned of the allegations that Melodie and her late husband, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, misappropriated more than $10K from the Police Explorers program for personal use, it reopened an old wound.
“It's an unfortunate thing for the village and we just want to put it past us you know,” said Fox Lake Resident Leo Minne, who did not think Melodie Gliniewicz should go to jail if convicted.
She’s been charged with four counts of misusing public funds and two counts of money laundering, which are all felonies.
Prosecutors allege she and her late husband used more than $10,000 from the Explorers programs for a Hawaii vacation, trips to Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, and to eat out at 400 restaurants.
Back in November after Joe Gliniewicz's death was revealed as a staged suicide to cover up the missing money, the village manager took a strong stance.
“The Village fully supports the prosecution of each and every individual who conspired with Lt. Gliniewicz and or has engaged in criminal activity that came at the expense of our community, our police department and those we serve,” said Village Manager Anne Marrin.
But on Wednesday, village leaders only issued a statement expressing disappointment over the allegations against Melodie.
A number of people believe Melodie knew what was going on with the money.
“The amount and what they said what they did, I'd find it hard to believe she didn't,” said Fox Lake resident Greg Scott.
The thoughts of many turned to Melodie's sons, particulary the youngest.
“I just feel sorry for the family, the kids, its terrible,” said a Fox Lake woman named Linda who asked that her last name not be used.
“I mean you got a pay for what you do,” Leo Minne said.
Melodie Gliniewicz faces up to seven years in prison, but she could also get probation.