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Conspiracy charge filed against Melodie Gliniewicz

Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted after her husband committed suicide in September 2015. Her trial was to start on July 3, but now prosecutors are appealing the judge's text and email ruling. | File photo

A Lake County grand jury approved a new charge Wednesday against Melodie Gliniewicz, adding to the allegations connected to her late husband’s embezzlement of funds from a Fox Lake youth group.

The conspiracy charge against Gliniewicz, 51, of Antioch, is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said.

However, because it is the least of the charges filed against her, it is not expected to add to any prison time should she be found guilty at trial.

“It’s relatively common for us to re-evaluate a case as it proceeds and file additional charges when necessary,” Nerheim said. “We did not drop any charges. We just added this conspiracy charge.”

Defense attorney Donald Morrison was not available for comment.

Gliniewicz remains free on bond from Lake County jail after posting the required 10 percent of her $50,000 bail. She is due in court April 6.

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