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Elmwood Park cop allegedly stole $20K from elderly man with dementia

Friday, January 10, 2014
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John Wasilenko (WLS Photo)

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An Elmwood Park police officer has been charged with official misconduct and financial exploitation of a senior citizen

John A. Wasilenko, 39, of Norridge, was taken into custody Friday morning. He is charged with official misconduct and financial exploitation of a senior citizen.

Police say they were contacted by an elderly man who said he did not write a $20,000 check that was made out to Wasilenko. Investigators say Wasilenko deposited a check in that amount in December 2012.

Police say the victim is an 84-year-old man with advanced dementia, whom Wasilenko allegedly befriended after speaking to the victim about thefts at his Elmwood Park home.

He is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

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