CHICAGO (CBS) — When Fox Lake Lt. Joe Gliniewicz died on Sept. 1, a charitable organization that comes to the aid of families of police officers gave his widow $15,000.
Now, the 100 Club is going to ask for the money back, after an investigation found Gliniewicz was stealing money from a police youth training program, before he killed himself.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Steamy Heat Through Midweek
Joe Ahern, the organization’s CEO, says he has an obligation to use the money wisely for officers killed in the line of duty.
The 100 Club has given out $10 million over the past 49 years. The civilian organization provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty.READ MORE: 31 Percent Of Illinois Nursing Homes Are Not Providing CDC With COVID-19 Vaccine Information, Organization Says
This is the first time they’ve asked for money back.
Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said Gliniewicz was being investigated for stealing money from the Fox Lake Police Explorer training program.
He said the amount of money taken was “thousands of dollars” for personal use over the past seven years.MORE NEWS: Family Of National Guardsman Chrys Carvajal Posts Flyers Around Belmont-Cragin, Offers Reward After He Was Shot And Killed
Ahern emphasized that the Gliniewicz case shouldn’t harm the good reputation of the more then 13,000 police officers in the Chicago area.