When told about rumblings that the
Glodzik noted anyone could obtain a VIN from any vehicle. He sensed it was implausible for someone to get a loan by just giving a VIN number without a title.
"If someone gave a loan that way, then that's illegal. Back in the day, banking was done by a handshake, but not today," Glodzik said on
The alleged scheme did unravel last week as federal officials snared Glodzik and four others on bank fraud charges.
The Citizens' Voice withheld most of Glodzik's comments until the allegations against him were made public through indictments filed
According to federal authorities,
Glodzik, the city's exclusive towing contractor at the time, supplied Ninotti with the vehicle identification number of the truck, knowing Ninotti was using it to post as false collateral, a grand jury indictment alleged.
After the loan was approved, the credit union never obtained the vehicle's title -- a practice that is common when loans are being paid on time, the credit union's solicitor previously said.
During one of the March interviews, Glodzik said he had no knowledge of any cops securing loans by using VIN numbers of vehicles linked to him.
"Even if they did do that, somebody should have contacted me or sent me a letter," Glodzik said.
The Citizens' Voice began calling Glodzik following the death of credit union director
Glodzik, who had a checking account and credit card with the credit union, said he considered Payne a "friend of mine" and an "honorable guy." He said Payne never mentioned anything to him about any vehicle loans or titles.
"The thing is, I wasn't best friends with Jimmy, but at least he could have told me about titles if he thought I had them," Glodzik said. "He never asked me anything about it."
Glodzik, 43, and Ninotti, 35, are facing charges of bank fraud and conspiracy. Glodzik faces an additional charge of witness intimidation for allegedly trying to get Ninotti to "fabricate a false lawful explanation for unlawful conduct" regarding the banking fraud.
Ninotti retired from the police force in January on a disability claim.
Glodzik's tenure as the city's towing contractor was marred by allegations of price gouging and overbilling, prompting angry residents and city council to urge
At Glodzik's theft trial, his attorney
During the interviews earlier this year, Glodzik said the
"They did ask me about those people. They asked if I was paying them off," Glodzik said. "I made it very clear. Never did I give money to officers, or the mayor, or the chief."
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