BOISE -- A retirement account trustee accused of stealing $5.3 million to enrich himself and buy an Idaho resort may have made unsuccessful investments, but he broke no laws.

That's according to Matthew Hutcheson's government-appointed lawyer.

Hutcheson, whose trial in U.S. District Court in Boise started Wednesday and may last until April 19, is charged with 17 counts of wire fraud.

He's charged with stealing from accounts starting in 2010 to buy luxury cars, remodel his home in Eagle, and win control of Tamarack Resort, where President George W. Bush vacationed and where tennis great Andre Agassi planned a hotel.

Hutcheson's lawyer, Samuel Richard Rubin, told jurors his client bought automobiles and fixed up his house to prove to potential outside investors he was a man of sufficient substance to buy Tamarack.

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