Scott Genung, 43, Zionsville, has been indicted by U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler for possessing firearms and ammunition illegally, following a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The gun shop where he was working also has been closed.
Zionsville Police Department aided in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ investigation that led to the indictment as well as the closure of G2 Sports Products/G2 Firearms Sales on Oct. 8.
Genung was indicted after an investigation revealed that he regularly carried and sold guns and ammunition at the G2 gun shop in Indianapolis, according to the complaint filed by the FTA. The complaint noted that Genung was a convicted felon who could not legally possess weapons. He had been convicted of conspiracy/dealing a schedule I, II, or II controlled substance — an A felony — in Hamilton County in May 2002 and released from prison in July 2006, finishing probation in 2011, according to court records.
His trial date is currently set for Jan. 21. He is on pretrial release under conditions of the court.
According to the complaint in U.S. District Court, Genung’s LinkedIn profile said he was president of ROMAR and a customer service person for G2 Sports Products.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s InBiz website lists Genung’s father, Mark Genung, as the registered agent for both of those businesses. G2’s principals are listed as Mark Genung as president, John Cazares as vice president and Cathy Genung as secretary.
The ATF special agent who made the complaint said that over the course of six different undercover operations, Scott Genung was working at the G2 gun shop during each of those operations, which were conducted at different times, on different days of the week.
According to the ATF complaint: During those operations, Scott Genung provided business cards to undercover officers and other customers to call him if they needed help ordering firearms. Several undercover officers also observed Scott Genung carrying a firearm. At different times he talked to the undercover officers about his favorite gun and how he preferred to carry it, about how he had fired different types of firearms, and that he carried a different gun at work than at other times, telling one undercover officer, “I leave my nice stuff at home.” He also handled guns in the shop and handed them to undercover officers.
He also sold guns and ammunition to officers and at least one other customer and, according to the report, placed an order from a distributor for a firearm, despite the fact he was prohibited by law from doing so.
Additionally, approximately 390 firearms, silencers and receivers were seized from G2 because of regulatory and statutory violations of federal law revealed during the investigation.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Minkler, The FTA investigation found evidence that G2 knowingly transferred handguns to an out-of-state resident, made false entries in records, failed to report multiple sales of handguns and knowingly transferred firearms to a prohibited person.
The licensee agreed to an enhanced surrender of the federal license. As a result, the owners will not be eligible to reapply for their license or engage any further in the business of dealing in firearms. The owners also agreed to the seizure of the firearms and other items, with a total estimated value of $224,000.
The indictment against Scott Genung is a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in federal court. If convicted of the charge in the indictment, Scott Genung faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
“This prosecution, firearms seizure, and license surrender represents our commitment to reducing violent crime in the Southern District of Indiana by keeping firearms out of the hands of individuals who have no legal right to possess firearms,” Minkler said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office Thursday said the investigation is ongoing.