Idaho executives plead not guilty

A trial is scheduled for Elaine Martin of MarCon and Darrell Swigert, owner of the Idaho Junior Steelheads in McCall.

THE STAR-NEWS (McCALL)June 18, 2013 

The federal troubles of Darrell Swigert apparently stem from a single incident in 2011, according to a federal indictment.

Swigert, 67, of Boise, was indicted May 20 by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

Elaine Martin, 66, a partner with Swigert in the Meridian guard-rail installer MarCon Inc., is charged with multiple counts of filing false tax returns and concealing her wealth in order to continue receiving federal contracts intended for economically disadvantaged businesses.

Swigert is mentioned in just three pages of the 42-page indictment.

The indictment says Swigert and Martin met at a restaurant on Aug. 24, 2011, to discuss how to conceal assets belonging to Martin. The two created documents that falsely represented that $256,000 of Martin's money was a gift from Swigert, and those document were filed with Martin's accountant. In March, Swigert made false statements about the $256,000 "gift," the indictment said.

The Junior Steelheads, made up of players age 16 to 20 from around the country and abroad, have dominated the Western States Hockey League since the team's founding four years ago. The team plays most of its home games at the Manchester Ice & Event Centre in McCall.

Swigert has said he paid $40,000 from his foundation the first year the team played and at least $80,000 in each of the past three years to support operations.

He and Martin appeared June 11 before federal magistrate in Boise. Their trial is scheduled Aug. 5 before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

Business Insider contributed.

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