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November 18, 2015 06:05 PM

The widow of Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, the Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer who authorities claim staged his own suicide two months ago has filed a motion seeking the unfreezing of her assets.

Court documents obtained PEOPLE confirms the filing by Melodie Gliniewicz, whose husband, Joseph, allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of dollars, allegedly tried to hire a hitman on the village administrator once she found out about it and allegedly had a long history of harassment and intimidation complaints against him.

Joseph, 52, who had been on the Fox Lake force for 32 years, took his own life on Sept. 1, sparking an intensive manhunt for three men Gliniewicz had radioed he was chasing.

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The motion says that the affidavits by state prosecutors that froze the assets were “grossly insufficient” and lacking probable cause.

Consequently, the motion says, Melodie is now “without assets to put food on her table or to pay her mortgage.”

The motions seeks an immediate hearing so that the order can be quashed, enabling Melodie to access her checking and savings accounts.

In a statement provided to PEOPLE, Gliniewicz’z lawyers urged the public to refrain from “rushing to, or misplacing, judgment” about the allegations made against her late husband.

“Melodie has faith that the truth will come out in time and if necessary, in court,” the statement reads.

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