Former Police Chief Charged With Stealing Seized Money

Michael Newsome had already left office over police brutality charges


A former North Chicago police chief was arrested and charged today with theft of more than $140,000 that had been seized from drug arrests, officials announced.

Former Chief Michael Newsome was accused of using the money to buy a new car and do home repairs on his kitchen, among other personal expenditures, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Steve Scheller said.

Newsome, who left office in February amid a public uproar over alleged police brutality within the department,  was charged with an ongoing theft of more than $140,000 from April of 2011 through March 31 of this year, Scheller said.