An Idaho Falls man was sentenced to prison on charges of grand theft Tuesday for scamming Riverbend Communications, according to KIFI TV news.
Ryan D. Thueson, 34, was ordered to serve up to eight years in prison – two years fixed and six years indeterminate for misleading the business into believing he was an events promoter, but instead took monies and did not fulfill services.
In September last year, Riverbend Communications said Thueson, doing business as 78 Productions, took money promising to bring Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and others into Idaho Falls area to perform. Riverbend Communications set up an escrow account to guarantee the appearances, and entrusted it to Thueson. The money was collected over a period from September 2012 to September 2013.
According to police reports, Thueson claimed to be working with the entertainer’s promoter, but event communications and the promoter were fictitious.
Thueson will be eligible for parole after two years, Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett said. 7th District Court ordered Thueson to pay $228,500 in restitution to Riverbend. Pickett said the fine was based on the amount of money stolen.
In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed charges of forgery and using a computer to defraud or get money or services.