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State Writes Off Shady $1.1 Million Loan

Convicted fraudster Ron Van Den Heuvel, a generous GOP donor, defrauded state agency.

By - Jul 12th, 2018 12:31 pm
Ron Van Den Heuvel. Photo from the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

Ron Van Den Heuvel. Photo from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s job creation agency has written off a $1.1 million state loan to a De Pere businessman accused of defrauding the agency. The individual, Ron Van Den Heuvel, was once a generous contributor to GOP legislative and statewide candidates.

The loan decision was announced by the state’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) after Van Den Heuvel was ordered last week to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on a fraud conviction involving the Horicon Bank.

WEDC approved the $1.1 million loan to Van Den Heuvel and his Green Box company in 2011 to create 116 jobs. However, Van Den Heuvel faces another trial in November on charges that he used the loan for travel and personal expenses.

Between 1994 and 2014 Van Den Heuvel contributed $10,300 to legislative and statewide candidates. All but $400 went to GOP office seekers. The top recipients of Van Den Heuvel’s contributions were:

Former GOP Gov. Scott McCallum, $3,950

Former Republican candidate for governor Mark Green, $3,000

Former GOP legislative candidate Nancy Mistele, $1,000

Former Republican Rep. Phil Montgomery, $1,000

Former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson, $500

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