Indicted Boise executive owns McCall hockey team

MarCon's co-owner started the Idaho Junior Steelheads in 2009.

THE STAR-NEWS (McCALL)May 29, 2013 

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Darell Swigert

The founder and owner of the team was charged with obstruction.

Darrell Swigert, 67, was indicted May 20 by a federal grand jury. He is accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Swigert is a partner in MarCon Inc., a Meridian guardrail company. His partner, Elaine Martin, 66, of Meridian was accused of tax crimes, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say Martin caused false tax returns to be filed, concealing her wealth while participating in a federal program to help economically and socially disadvantaged businesses. She, too, faces potential fines and prison time. Martin said she will "vigorously contest" the charges.

The indictments came a week after news of a fundraising effort by the Idaho Hockey Foundation, which is in charge of the Idaho Junior Steelheads' day-to-day affairs, to reduce the subsidy Swigert pays to operate the team.

The Junior Steelheads are a Junior "A" Tier III hockey club that competes in the Western Division of the Western States Hockey League. Made up of players ages 16 to 20 from around the country and abroad, the team plays most of its home games at the Manchester Ice & Event Centre in McCall. The Steelheads play teams from Fresno, San Diego, Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Valencia, all in California; and Phoenix.

Idaho Hockey Foundation board members have said the McCall community must pitch in to reduce the $54,000 that Swigert has pledged for the upcoming hockey season from The Swigert Foundation.

The Associated Press contributed.

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