Ogdensburg man indicted for allegedly filing false claims for $36 million in IRS refunds
OGDENSBURG – An Ogdensburg man has been indicted for allegedly filing false claims for $36 million in refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
A federal Grand Jury in Syracuse has returned a seven-count indictment charging Glenn Richard Unger, 62, with obstructing and impeding the IRS, according to Richard S. Hartunian, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York.Unger allegedly filed numerous false and fraudulent IRS forms seeking refunds between 2007 and 2011.
Hartunian said IRS employees realized forms submitted by Unger were fraudulent and did not issue any refund checks to him.
The indictment also alleges Unger evaded paying income taxes and filed a fictitious obligation.
If found guilty, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years, a term of supervised release of up to three years, and a maximum fine of $250,000, Hartunian said.
Unger was arraigned in Albany on Jan. 2 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Randolph F. Treece and is currently detained.
The prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the IRS, Criminal Investigation, New York Field Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Field Office, state police, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ransom P. Reynolds.