Almost 16 months ago Sgt. Maureen Frawley’s home in nearby La Grange was the site of a bizarre burglary in which more than $100,000 in cash and several guns were allegedly stolen. Four days later, though, the missing items were left on Frawley’s doorstep with no apparent explanation.
Earlier this month, one of Chicago’s major daily newspapers linked Frawley to embattled entrepreneur Antoin “Tony” Rezko when it reported that the Forest Park police officer’s home served as the headquarters for a security firm in which Rezko and Frawley’s brother, Daniel Frawley, were partners. Rezko was indicted on federal corruption charges in October.
Frawley denied having any substantive connection to Rezko’s Companion Security firm and said the motivations for the alleged burglary at her home remain unclear.
Though she declined requests for an interview in the wake of the Sun-Times’ Aug. 7 story, Frawley did respond to questions via e-mail.
“I have no involvement with Companion Security,” Frawley said in her written response. “As my brother has been temporarily residing at my home, he used my mailing address for his correspondence and documentation.”
Frawley said her brother is no longer a partner with Rezko and denied that the cash stolen from her home had anything to do with Companion Security. Those funds belonged solely to her brother, she said.
According to a La Grange police report, Frawley reported the alleged burglary on April 27, 2006, after coming home to discover that her bedroom appeared to have been rifled through. She noticed $8,000 missing from a dresser drawer, and saw that her off-duty revolver had been taken as well.
In a basement laundry room, another $100,000 in cash and two more guns that had been stashed there were found to be missing. Several days later the missing items were returned by an unknown person who placed the items on the doorstep, rang the doorbell and disappeared, according to statements Frawley made to investigators.
“To this day I don’t know the circumstances, motivations or identities of those involved,” Frawley said in her e-mail. “Without hesitation, I can state emphatically that I neither have been involved in or abetted any illegal activity. Such queries are unwarranted and insulting.”
She acknowledged the bundles of cash “should have been taken to the bank,” but Frawley insisted the three guns swiped in the alleged heist were stored responsibly within her home.
Frawley is no longer receiving a paycheck from the police department, according to Village Administrator Mike Sturino. However, he declined to confirm or deny her employment status with the village. At one time, Frawley received workers’ compensation checks, according to Police Chief James Ryan.
Asked whether Frawley’s connections to Rezko scandalize the village or its police department, Sturino said the links are unfortunate.
“I think any time any employees are associated with anything controversial it has the potential to reflect poorly on the village,” Sturino said.