Marion Man Defrauds Utility Company; Could Get 40 Years in Prison

A Marion man could get up to 40 years in federal prison, after admitting this week he defrauded a utility company by making false statements on rebate forms and paying a kickback to an employee of one of the utility’s contractors.

39-year old Dustin Hutcheson was convicted of mail fraud and money laundering, for telling the utility’s customers that his own energy efficiency firm…Hutch Energy, LLC…could replace the customers’ current lighting at no cost to them, based on the utility company’s rebate program.

Federal Judge C.J. Williams has ordered a pre-sentence investigation before the sentencing date is set.  In addition to prison time, Hutcheson could be fined up to $1.5-million and may have to spend up to three years on supervised release, after any prison sentence.