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Ex-Schaumburg cop charged with stealing, selling drugs free after posting $35K bail

Matthew Hudak

Matthew Hudak

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Updated: February 4, 2013 7:24PM



A former Schaumburg cop charged with stealing and reselling illegal drugs seized during arrests was released from custody Monday after relatives posted his $35,000 cash bail.

Matthew Hudak, who had been locked up for nearly three weeks since his Jan. 16 arrest, declined to comment as he walked out of the DuPage County Jail in street clothes.

Two other former officers arrested with him could be freed on bail later this week, their attorneys said.

DuPage County Judge Blanche Fawell approved Hudak’s release after a brief hearing in which his sister testified that a family member provided the money. Hudak’s sister, Angela Fitzgerald, also provided bank documents to show the cash was provided by Hudak’s half-brother, who borrowed it from his mother’s retirement account.

The bail hearing came after Hudak, 29, and two former colleagues pleaded not guilty to running a drug-selling ring that prosecutors say was fueled by marijuana and cocaine taken from street dealers.

Prosecutors had demanded the hearing to ensure any cash used for bail came from legitimate sources, not from money the former cops may have netted from their alleged drug-selling scheme.

Similar hearings would be required before former cops Terrance O’Brien and John Cichy could be released on bail.

O’Brien’s cash bail is set at $30,000, and Cichy would have to post $25,000 for his release.

Fawell earlier ordered that all three men would have to wear GPS bracelets that would track their locations if they made bail.

Last week, a DuPage County grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against each former officer, including charges of drug conspiracy, theft, official misconduct and armed violence.

If convicted, each man faces a minimum 24-year prison term.

Prosecutors said they ran a drug-dealing enterprise for at least six months. They allegedly kept some marijuana and cocaine seized during arrests, then resold the drugs on the street through a dealer they previously had used as an informant.

All three resigned from the police department after they were arrested.



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