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Feds allege Ogdensburg man filed $36 million worth of phony IRS refund claims

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OGDENSBURG — An Ogdensburg man has been indicted on federal charges alleging he filed $36 million in phony claims for tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.

Glenn R. Unger, 62, is named in a seven-count indictment returned in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, charging him with filing numerous false and fraudulent IRS forms seeking refunds between 2007 and 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Upon receiving the forms, the IRS realized they were fraudulent and did not issue refund checks to Mr. Unger. The indictment also alleges that Mr. Unger filed false claims for refunds, evaded paying income taxes and filed a “fictitious obligation.”

Mr. Unger was arraigned Wednesday in Albany, pleaded not guilty and was ordered detained. He appeared in court at a detention hearing without an attorney and requested his release, but Magistrate Judge Randolph F. Treece said he would only consider releasing him if he signs a bond for an unspecified amount and posts real property to support it. The detention hearing was adjourned without a future date to give Mr. Unger an opportunity to post bond. A jury trial in the matter has been set for March 4 in Binghamton.

If found guilty, Mr. Unger faces up to 20 years in federal prison, followed by a term of supervised release of up to three years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the state field office of the IRS’s criminal investigation, the FBI’s Albany field office, state police and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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