Potsdam man charged for fabricating stories to police about Garrett Phillips murder investigation
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 6:09 am

POTSDAM – A Potsdam man allegedly sent emails to the Potsdam Police Department posing as another person and fabricating stories to police regarding the Garrett Phillips homicide case, according to officers.

Richard J. O’Hanlon, 65, was charged with two counts of falsely reporting an incident, two counts of third-degree identity theft, and two counts of second-degree obstructing governmental administration, police said.

Police said O’Hanlon sent two separate emails on two different occasions to the police department posing as another person without their permision, each time fabricating and making false reports of information regarding the murder case

O’Hanlon was arrested Thursday at the Potsdam Police department, officers said.

He was arraigned in Potsdam Village Court in front of Judge Pignone and released under the supervision of probation to reappear in court Dec. 13, police said.