De Pere businessman indicted

Ron Van Den Heuvel was under investigation for defrauding WEDC, but was indicted in different case.

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A Green Bay-area businessman accused of defrauding the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has reached a plea deal in a separate bank fraud case.

Ron Van Den Heuvel, 63, of De Pere, agreed to plea guilty to a single federal count of defrauding Horicon Bank of more than $700,000 starting in 2008, according to a plea deal entered in U.S. District Court.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

As part of the deal, Van Den Heuvel agreed to pay Horicon Bank $316,445.79. Also, federal prosecutors agreed to drop charges against Van Den Heuvel’s wife.

Van Den Heuvel still faces 14 separate federal counts for allegedly defrauding WEDC and other investors of more than $9 million.

WEDC gave Van Den Heuvel’s company Green Box-Green Bay two awards totaling $1.2 million to create 116 jobs at a facility that he claimed would recycle fast food wrappers. It is the first criminal case brought against someone accused of defrauding the state’s job-creation agency, which was hastily created in 2011 to help Gov. Scott Walker achieve his pledge of creating 250,000 jobs.

Van Den Heuvel’s first court appearance in that case is scheduled for Tuesday.

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