Former Lake County Coroner indicted on perjury charges

Updated 2/15/2017 5:58 PM

WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- Former Lake County coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd has been indicted on five counts of perjury alleging he lied on nominating petitions when seeking re-election in 2016.

The felony indictments were handed up Wednesday by a grand jury. A judge later issued an arrest warrant for the 70-year-old Rudd of Lake Forest.


State's Attorney Mike Nerheim said an issue with Rudd's petitions was brought to his attention, and he turned it over to an independent prosecutor to investigate.

Rudd couldn't be reached for comment.

Rudd made headlines when he questioned whether Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz was murdered in the line of duty in 2015. It was later determined Gliniewicz staged his suicide to look like murder in an attempt to cover up thefts from a police department youth program.

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