De Pere businessman facing more charges

Ron Van Den Heuvel (WLUK file image)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) - Federal prosecutors added multiple charges against a De Pere businessman facing bank fraud conspiracy charges.

Ron Van Den Heuvel, his wife, Kelly, and their former banker, Paul Piikkila, are accused of bank fraud for allegedly illegally arranging a series of loans.

Van Den Heuvel, who has denied any wrongdoing, previously faced ten counts, but federal prosecutors added nine counts against him this week. Three are charges of allegedly making false statements on loan/credit applications, while six are bank fraud counts.

A status conference is scheduled for Sept. 27 for both Van Den Heuvels.

Piikkila agreed to plead guilty and testify against the Van Den Heuvels. His sentencing has not been set.

As FOX 11 previously reported, 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.

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