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Bank fraud trial rescheduled

Ron Van Den Heuvel (WLUK file image)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – The trial date for a De Pere businessman and his wife accused of bank fraud has been pushed back again.

Ron Van Den Heuvel and Kelly Yessman Van Den Heuvel were scheduled to go on trial July 31, but at a hearing Tuesday, that was pushed back to Oct. 23.

They are accused of bank fraud for allegedly illegally arranging a series of loans regarding the operations for a company known as Green Box.

Their former banker, Paul Piikkila, agreed to plead guilty and testify against the Van Den Heuvels. His sentencing has not been set.

The federal indictment alleges that Piikkila, a loan officer at Horicon Bank in Appleton, approved a series of loans totaling more than $1 million. The indictment says Horicon Bank had told Piikkila not to loan any money to Van Den Heuvel, so none of the loans mentioned in the indictment were written to him by name. The couple has pleaded not guilty.

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