Star-News: Junior Steelheads Founder Indicted


The founder and owner of the Idaho Junior Steelheads has been indicted on a federal charge of obstruction.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that 67-year-old Darrell Swigert of Boise, who founded the Junior Steelheads in 2009, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 20. The Star-News reports that Swigert faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

Swigert's busines partner, 66-year-old Elaine Martin of Meridian, was also indicted, charged with wire fraud and obstruction.

The indictments came in connection with Swigert's and Martin's highway guard installation company—Marcon, Inc. Feds said the pair allegedly took advantage of a federal program to aid economically disadvantaged businesses.

The Star-News reports that the indictment against Swigert came one week after the Junior Steelheads informed the McCall community that it needed to pitch in to help support the team financially. Swigert's own foundation had already pledged $54,000 to fund the team's McCall operations.

In April, the Junior Steelheads won its third straight WSHL Thorne Cup championship in a title tournament held in McCall.

Swigert declined to comment to the Star-News on the criminal charges.