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CHICAGO -- The family of Illinois police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz reportedly took part in a sham marriage to boost the military benefits to the  lieutenant’s son, WGN reported Thursday.

Authorities on Wednesday said Gliniewicz had killed himself and staged the scene to look like he died in the line of duty, setting off a manhunt for suspects in his "killing." Officials said the police lieutenant killed himself because he had been embezzling money from a youth program he ran and was afraid he was about to be caught.

Sources told WGN that officials were briefed about the possibility of the sham marriage prior to Wednesday's news conference where Gliniewicz’s death was declared a suicide. The information was gathered during the investigation of the lieutenant’s life as they came to the suicide conclusion.

According to sources, Gliniewicz, who was married, had an affair with a woman. He later arranged to have that woman marry his son, D.J. Gliniewicz, who is in the army in order to boost the military benefits for D.J., since being married could add up to thousands more per year.

WGN learned that marriage did not last long between D.J. and a woman named Kathryn Grams.  he marriage was dissolved just after Christmas 2014.

Sources say the question now is whether D.J. could face court-martial as information about the sham army marriage comes to light.



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