Van Den Heuvel claims 'witch hunt,' asks for delay in sentencing

Ron Van Den Heuvel (WLUK file image)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – Ron Van Den Heuvel, the De Pere businessman who pleaded guilty to bank fraud, has asked for his sentenced to be delayed – saying new evidence proves his prosecution was a “witch hunt.”

The former owner of Green Box is currently scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 7.

Van Den Heuvel submitted a six-page letter to the court Tuesday, without an attorney, arguing that “new exculpatory documents” need to be reviewed by the court.

Among his arguments:

  • An officer used perjury to obtain search warrants

  • The search warrants were unconstitutionally broad

  • Computers and documents seized from the attorney of a co-defendant breached lawyer/client confidentiality

  • Brown County was negligent in his handling of confiscated materials

  • The government was negligent in its failure to return 830,000 pages of exculpatory documents

“I plead and pray before the court, that unjust punishment coupled with the loss of over 50 million investment dollars has been enough. What took forty years of hard work to build, one corrupt officer, through a general search, nearly destroyed it all. I now understand what a corrupt officer is capable of. She can tear down the fabric of our constitution and cause great injustice,” he wrote.

No hearings have been scheduled on his request.

The United States Dept. of Justice has not filed a response to Van Den Heuvel’s motion, and declined to comment on it to FOX 11.

Van Den Heuvel pleaded guilty to bank fraud Oct. 10, for illegally arranging a loan from Horicon Bank. At that hearing, however, he repeatedly said there was no intent to commit any crime. Van Den Heuvel was also admonished by Judge William Griesbach at one point, who told Van Den Heuvel that if the guilty plea was accepted, he couldn’t later argue he was innocent.

Van Den Heuvel faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Van Den Heuvel also agreed to pay restitution of $316,445.79.

He also faces criminal charges in another case. In that case, prosecutors allege Van Den Heuvel raised more than $9 million from investors, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., for his company, Green Box, but used some of the money on personal items, including a car and Packers tickets. If convicted of all 14 counts, he faces up 240 years in prison and more than $2.5 million in fines.

A status conference in that case is set for Wednesday.

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