BOISE -- The Idaho man who once tried to take control of the cash-strapped Tamarack Resort has been ordered to spend more than 17 years in prison for raiding pension funds to help finance the deal.
The sentence was handed down Wednesday for Matthew Hutcheson, who starting in 2010 went public with his intentions to buy the struggling ski resort outside Donnelly.
But the deal never materialized. In April, the Eagle man was convicted of 17 counts of wire fraud as part of a scheme to steal $5 million from pension funds he was trusted to oversee.
Federal prosecutors say he used some of the money to enrich himself and another portion to buy a stake in Tamarack's golf course.
The judge ordered Hutcheson to begin serving his prison term immediately.