The family of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, the now-disgraced Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer whose “carefully staged suicide” appears to be an attempt to cover up years of criminal activity, was experiencing serious financial problems around the time police allege the officer started an elaborate embezzlement scheme.
NBC 5 Investigates obtained court records that show six years ago, Gliniewicz’s wife Melodie had maxed out her credit cards and stopped paying the bills.
The credit card companies went after her in court, filing at least three separate lawsuits.
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