Times were tough enough for Douglas County corrections officers before they discovered that more than $170,000 was missing from their union’s treasury — and that their treasurer was suspected of stealing it.
Sgt. Daniel Glazebrook faces three felony charges in connection with the money missing from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 8.
“It’s just very frustrating from our standpoint,” said Dave Aldrich, president of the union.
He said the union is still fighting morale and mandatory overtime problems, and then to have so much money go missing, allegedly taken by one of its own members, “just hurts all the members, all the officers, all the employees, really.”
Glazebrook, 43, is charged with theft. He also is charged with forgery and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office arrested Glazebrook about 4 p.m. Wednesday in Papillion.
He made his first court appearance Thursday. Sarpy County Judge Robert C. Wester ordered Glazebrook held on $100,000 bail and appointed the Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office to represent him.
Noting that his office was only appointed Thursday, Sarpy County Public Defender Tom Strigenz said his office is just beginning its work on the case.
“Mr. Glazebrook is innocent until the state puts enough evidence on” to prove that he is guilty, Strigenz said.
Aldrich said he noticed a discrepancy two weeks ago between how much money Glazebrook reported was in the union’s bank account and the actual balance.
Aldrich discovered several suspicious ATM withdrawals and checks. He called in the union’s attorney, who called law enforcement. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office said a review of documents indicated that Glazebrook had been embezzling funds for the past three years.
Glazebrook had been the treasurer for seven years, Aldrich said.
“It’s hurtful,” the union president said. “The trust issue with everybody is in question. It’s just bad.”
Aldrich said the union has had two emergency meetings to brief members.
“We’ve made some changes to prevent this from happening again,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to recoup all of the money spent on nonunion expenses.”
The business address of FOP Lodge 8 is in Sarpy County, which is why the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, officials said.
A Douglas County spokeswoman said the Department of Corrections is aware of the allegations against Glazebrook. “This matter does not involve any taxpayer dollars or funds belonging to inmates housed at the Douglas County Department of Corrections,” Leia Baez said in a prepared statement. “As a result of the ongoing criminal investigation, Sgt. Glazebrook has been placed on administrative leave.”
Asked what measures were being taken to ensure Glazebrook’s safety in jail, Strigenz said that concern had been raised and is being addressed.
He said he couldn’t discuss details, but “the Sarpy County Jail staff will always keep their inmates safe.”
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