Idaho Falls Man Sentenced for Grand Theft of Radio Company
(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Close to two years after collaborating on bringing a major concert to Idaho Falls, the man trusted as the promoter of the event has been sentenced on Grand Theft charges. Riverbend Communications contracted with Ryan Thueson of 78-Productions in the Fall of 2012 to help bring major country artists to East Idaho. Artists such as Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley were discussed, and thousands of dollars were given to Mr. Thueson to help secure said artists. Thueson claimed to be working with promoters for the artists, but allegedly made that up. He provided false documentation from the non-existent booking agents over a period of weeks to Riverbend Communications. According to police, Thueson had forged bank documents to Riverbend Communications, and by the time it was discovered the bank did not have the money in an account, Thueson no longer had the money as well. Over $200,000 was entrusted to Thueson specifically to organize and build the event. A total of $228,500 was given to Thueson by Riverbend.
Tuesday, Bonneville County Judge Joel Tingey said because of the rather large amount that was taken, that it deserves a similar punishment. Tingey handed down a 2-year fixed sentence and $500 dollar fine. Thueson will also have to pay full restitution of $228,500 back to Riverbend Communications. He was taken immediately to the Bonneville County jail.
Media statement from Riverbend Communications:
We are pleased with the Judge’s ruling today and the sentence given to Ryan Thueson. We appreciate the fine investigative work done by Detective Steve Barnes and the Idaho Falls Police Department, and the outstanding work done by Trent Belnap and Bruce Picket with the Bonneville County Prosecutor’s office. This was a complicated investigation of an elaborate scheme to steal nearly a quarter million dollars, involving fraud, forged documents, faked phone calls, fictitious email accounts, and face to face lies and deceit.
It took our dedicated employees many years of hard work to earn the money Ryan Thueson stole and apparently wasted in a few months on parties, trips to Las Vegas, limo rides, and who knows what else. And, it will take many years of hard work to re-make the money stolen by Ryan.
Riverbend Communications is a business built on trust and credibility. Our fans, patrons, and listeners trust us to deliver great radio programming, credible advertising, first class events, and world class service. Our clients, advertisers and business partners trust us to help them build their businesses and increase their bottom line. They trust us to help them get their message, products, and services to the public.
Mr. Thueson breached that trust when he committed his crimes. The loss of money is hard – really hard – but perhaps most troubling is the loss of trust that we once took for granted. We appreciate the support of the community, our clients and business partners, and our fans. Despite the loss and the damage caused by Mr. Thueson’s actions, Riverbend Communications is committed to serving this community, and we look forward to bringing some great shows and entertainment to East Idaho in the future.