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People who Donated to Gliniewicz Memorial Fund Want Money Back

November 12, 2015  | 

Some of the people and organizations who donated money to the family of a now-disgraced Illinois police officer want their cash back after investigators revealed last week that the cop embezzled thousands of dollars from his department before staging his suicide to look like a murder.

"I think that our community feels duped and betrayed," said Ashley Lambert, who organized a charity event in honor of the officer.

A tally of the more-publicized fundraisers held for the family of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz indicates a minimum of $201,000 was raised, Fox News reports.

The official Joe Gliniewicz Memorial Fund was set up at the BMO Harris Bank. The bank won’t reveal how much money has been deposited or withdrawn from the account, but officials told the Northwest Daily Herald the account has been frozen.

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tedb @ 11/12/2015 4:03 PM

C'mon folks...this is his family, not him. They probably had no idea he was a crook and are devastated by both his death and his dishonesty. Don't punish them for his misdeeds.

Ftrnr @ 11/12/2015 4:53 PM

I have to agree with tedb. He was a disgrace to us but I don't want my money back. We all know how hard our job is on our family, and they thought they were supporting a good cop. They still made the same sacrifices all our families have and now have to live with no pension and the shame. Let the family be, their sacrifices are not diminished by his lack of honor.

John retired IA PD @ 11/12/2015 7:29 PM

Now the family gets hit a second time. If they didn't participate or know about his dishonesty, they don't need to be punished again. I'm sure they will need emotional and financial support more then ever now.

Front Sight @ 11/13/2015 11:47 AM

The investigation is now showing that his wife and possibly one son was involved in the mismanagement of funds. Freeze the accounts until their involvement can be determined. If they are cleared, release the money to the family. If they are implicated, see that the money is donated to deserving survivor families. What a shame this entire story has become. At a time when our proud profession doesn't need anymore bad publicity.

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