QUEENSBURY — A Lake Luzerne man was jailed Wednesday for violating his probation by trying to use fake urine to beat a drug test.
Glenn A. Shiel Jr., 37, was put on probation Dec. 5 after his guilty plea to felony grand larceny for a contractor theft case.
The plea came after he was arrested by State Police last April for taking $4,000 from a customer for a roofing job but not doing any of the work or buying materials.
Warren County Judge John Hall put Shiel on interim probation for a year. If he did well, he would avoid a jail sentence, but faced up to 4 years in state prison if violating probation.
Less than three weeks into probation though, a Warren County Probation Department worker caught him trying to pass off a “yellow liquid” as urine when directed to give a urine sample for drug testing. He did not have a prosthetic penis, as a man who was caught by the Probation Department last year did, but had a tube connected to a bag that was spotted by the Probation Department employee, court records show.
He was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and was brought before Hall on Wednesday to answer to a probation violation charge. Hall said a drug test after the fake urine discovery showed he had used prescription drugs for which he didn’t have a prescription, and the judge sent him to Warren County Jail without bail.
Warren County Probation Director Robert Iusi said he could not comment on the matter this week, as it is a pending case.
Iusi said after a similar case last year that his department catches several probationers a year using fake urine, some of them going as far as to purchase fake penises to try to deliver the urine in the Probation Department bathroom.
Shiel, who operated Shiel Construction LLC, faces a possible consecutive prison sentence of up to 4 years for the tampering with physical evidence charge.