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In reverse chronological order :


October 10, 2017
FOX 11 WLUK: Ron Van Den Heuvel pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud

USA TODAY / Green Bay Press-GazetteDe Pere ‘businessman’ Ron Van Den Heuvel pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in Green Box case

October 5, 2017
WBAY:  De Pere ‘businessman’ reaches plea deal in bank fraud case

Wisconsin State Journal : ‘Businessman’ accused of defrauding Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. / WEDC pleads guilty to bank fraud

Green Bay Press-GazetteDe Pere ‘businessman’ Ron Van Den Heuvel will plead guilty to bank fraud

October 1, 2017  Gambler hits $1.4 Million jackpot, but Native American casino says machine “malfunctioned” and refuses to pay

September 29, 2017
Vancouver Sun:  Exclusive: How Casinos Are Used to Launder Millions in Drug Cash

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September 20, 2017
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  De Pere businessman Ronald Van Den Heuvel indicted in $9 million green energy fraud

WLUK:  De Pere businessman indicted on fraud charges

WBAY:  “Green Box” businessman indicted for $9 million green energy fraud

Wisconsin State Journal: Green Bay businessman idicted for defrauding state jobs agency

See also:

•  September 20, 2017 U.S. Dept. of Justice Press Release,
‘De Pere Businessman Indicted for $9 Million Green Energy Fraud’

•  September 19, 2017 Indictment, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Case No. 17-CR-160,  United States of America  v.  Ronald H. Van Den Heuvel

September 19, 2017
WLUK:  Federal government files complaint against De Pere businessman

See also:

•  September 19, 2017 Complaint, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Case No. 17-CV-1261,  United States Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC]  v.  Ronald Van Den Heuvel & Green Box NA Detroit LLC

September 14, 2017  How Rich Chinese Use Visa Fixers to Move to the U.S.  Have a spare $500,000 to invest in an economically distressed American area (that actually isn’t distressed at all)? China’s EB-5 fixers will help you every step of the way.

September 11, 2017
GBPG:  Oneida Tribe appeals ruling in lawsuit against Green Bay over waste-to-energy plant

August 22, 2017  Báo Anh: người Mỹ đừng vội mừng về khoản đầu tư 10 tỷ USD của Foxconn
(‘Americans, Do not Hurry for Foxconn’s $10 Billion Investment’)

by Văn Hoàn


According to Google Translate:

Americans, Do not Hurry for Foxconn’s $ 10 Billion Investment
by Văn Hoàn –

According to TheGuardian, the Taiwanese giant Foxconn announced that it will build a $10 billion LCD panel manufacturing facility in Wisconsin that has been warmly welcomed. However, the state has a troubled history of economic development problems, and Foxconn, the supplier to Apple, Google, Amazon and many other technology giants, have been unsuccessful in the fulfillment of his promise. Newspapers should be more alert.

The deal is expected to generate 13,000 jobs in six years in return for about $3 billion in employee benefits. Only 3000 jobs come immediately. Moreover, the Washington Post has reported that Foxconn often does not keep the promise of doing so. By 2013, the company claims to employ 500 employees and invest $30 million in Pennsylvania. This plan was quickly dismissed.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was elected in 2010 in a committed campaign that will bring 250,000 jobs to the people. So far he has not done it yet. A successful project with Foxconn will be an important step in repairing his damaged reputation.

By the end of July, he had his objections to people suspected of the project. At a stop in Eau Claire as he traveled around the state to push for an agreement, the governor said, “There are a lot of people there fighting to give a reason for dislike the project. It’s normal for you, but I think they should go away.”

This project is not only a big win for Walker, but also the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan – his area will most likely be where the plant was built – and both President Donald Trump. At a press conference, a senior government official shared that Foxconn’s announcement was “meaningful” because “it was a milestone in bringing advanced, specialized manufacturing technology [jobs] in the electronics field to the US.”

Mr. Trump has called on workers affected by the decline in US production in his campaign, with the promise of “America great again.” He pointed to bad trading as an important reason for the country’s economic problems and could do better.

“If I’m not elected, Foxconn will certainly not spend $10 billion,” he told the White House. Ryan said the statement showed commitment to “promoting US manufacturing and bringing jobs to the country” by Mr. Trump.

Great assertions have been made. Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Apple would build three plants in the United States. Walker named the area where Foxconn’s factories would be built there, the “Wisconsin Valley.”

However, the Yahoo Finance site has indicated that Foxconn uses robots. Therefore, Wisconsin people will have fewer job opportunities than they expect. The condition of workers at Foxconn’s big factories in China is controversial, for example the well-known Longhua factory has experienced a series of suicides of workers.

Jennifer Shilling, a Democrat from Wisconsin, publicly criticized the project. “The bottom line is that this company a history of making big announcements but it’s not working, I’m skeptical about this project and we’ll have to see if there’s a legislative craving. about a $1-to-3 billion enterprise benefit package.”

The Wisconsin legislature is controlled by the Republican Party. They will not need bipartisan approval to pass [grants?] that are likely to be out of the budget process.


Foxconn’s investment agreements in Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Brazil failed. For example, in India in 2014, the company promised to invest $5 billion over five years, creating 50,000 jobs.

According to the Washington Post, the actual numbers are much lower. Safety concerns in the workplace will also hamper the Wisconsin project; Recent “right to work” laws will affect employee relations [at] the company.

Newspaper articles say the Wisconsin plant, which is expected to be three times the size of the Pentagon, will be of the largest foreign investments in US history to create jobs.

The average wage offered, plus welfare, is $53,000. The Wisconsin Senate and Walker Office did not provide an feedback on what types of jobs would occur and what skills should be employed. Foxconn, the maker of monitors and assembled phones and computers, is best known for its iPhone.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is a member [partner?] of Foxconn. During Walker’s presidential race was distorted by questions about failed loans. Republican economist and donor Ron Van Den Heuvel has been indicted for borrowing $700,000 from a local bank. Many months after the WEDC was established in 2011, the agency, then led by Walker, lent him over $1.2 million, without a background check.

Similarly, the state’s production tax and agricultural taxes have been severely criticized, almost “wiping out the e income tax on industrial and agricultural producers.”

Six states are said to have negotiated with Foxconn. For the purpose of reducing property taxes and vocational training costs, the Wisconsin Budget Project (WBP) Joe Peacock has warned that the total cost of winning the race could exceed $3 billion. The same contract, he said, often ends up as a “total game 0” for the states.

Speaking in the discussion a day after the deal was announced, Walker said, “The recovery of subsidies is not the right target” and “protection measures” are being implemented. “My responsibility is to protect the state taxpayer,” he said.

August 21, 2017  Interior Dept. Sued Over Wisconsin Oneidas’ Name Change

July 28, 2017
GBPG:  Inability to raise funds delays Green Box reorganization

A $176 million reorganization plan for Green Box NA Green Bay has been delayed by an inability to raise the cash needed to pay creditors.

GlenArbor LLC, a Chicago-based investor in Green Box, originally told U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Judge Beth Hanan the reorganization plan would be funded and able to pay $14 million to creditors by March 31. In a June 1 motion, the company asked the court to push the date back to Sept. 30.

The reorganization would roll up De Pere businessman Ron Van Den Heuvel’s web of companies into a new company that would secure the equipment, technology and money needed to operate a system that would recycle waste that typically ends up in landfills into reusable products.

“Principals of the debtor, despite using their best efforts, were unable to raise the funds contemplated which were, in effect, the financing necessary to bridge the gap between confirmation of the plan and the roll up contemplated under the plan,” the motion reads.

GlenArbor plans to provide updated engineering reports, business plans and appraisals to reassure potential investors that the business is sound. It said even creditors understand failure to secure investors would mean no one gets paid.

“If the roll up does not come to fruition, it is unlikely that the various claims will be paid to any extent, if at all,” the motion states. “The investment bank’s study of the business plan and operations will provide a basis for potential investors to reasonably assess whether to invest in the project.”

GlenArbor has spearheaded the reorganization effort since Van Den Heuvel sought protection from creditors in April 2016. Van Den Heuvel would retain an ownership stake in the revived venture, but he would not be involved in the company’s management.

When Green Box filed for bankruptcy, Van Den Heuvel listed less than $50,000 in assets and more than $10 million in debt. The company had been the subject of a string of lawsuits from unpaid creditors, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The bulk of the $176 million sought to fund the new company would build a new sorting facility, expand existing operations, connect various parts of the operation, pay off creditors and ramp up operations.

If financing can be secured, the new company has agreed to pay:

»$605,000 in delinquent property, payroll and unemployment taxes Green Box owed to county, state and federal agencies.

»$13.1 million to secured claimants owed a total of $24.3 million, and

»$270,000 in legal fees and other administrative expenses.

•  AUDIO [IMPROVED] – July 24, 2017, 2:04 P.M. Hearing re: Green Box NA Green Bay, LLC’s Motion to Modify Plan [Run Time  02:36:10], U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Wisconsin Eastern District Docket No. 16-24179-beh, Chapter 11, Green Box NA Green Bay, LLC

July 10, 2017
GBPG:  Man sentenced to life, with eligibility in 45 years, in Oneida double homicide

ONWI High School Principal Artley Skenandore Jr.

Citing a pre-sentence report, Outagamie County Judge Mark McGinnis said Vance Reed had stabbed his mother 11 years ago, threatened to kill people in the past and at one point started questioning his school principal about what it feels like to kill someone.

“Seems like it’s been 10 years in the making,” McGinnis said of Reed’s brutal stabbing of Harry Brown Bear, 77, and his wife, Lorraine Brown Bear, 67, in the couple’s home.

WLUK:  Vance Reed sentenced in deaths of Oneida couple

WTAQ:  Life Sentence for Oneida Murderer

WGBA:  Man convicted of killig Oneida couple sentenced to 45 years in prison

Vance Reed stabbed Harry and Lorraine Brown Bear to death in their home on the Oneida Indian Reservation in October 2016.

During Reed’s sentencing, the judge said he is a danger to the community and will hurt someone again.

See Oneida Eye’s previous reporting:

•  $1 Million Bond For 19-Year-Old Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Member Vance Reed In “Extremely Violent” Alcohol-Fueled Stabbing Murders Of Harry & Lorraine Brown Bear On ONW Reservation; Slashed Throat & Multiple Stab Wounds Made “Incredibly Gruesome, Bloody Scene”; Brown Bears’ Gun Found At Reed’s House; Reports Of ONWI Members & Officials – Including Oneida Nation High School Principal Artley Skenandore Jr. – Seeking Access To Double Homicide Scene To Seize Brown Bears’ Belongings

Oneida Eye has received multiple reports that Oneida Nation in Wisconsin members, including Oneida Nation High School Principal Artley Skenandore, have made repeated – sometimes daily – requests to the Oneida Business Committee, the Oneida Housing Authority, and the Oneida Police Dept. (where Artley’s wife OPD Lieutenant Lisa Drew-Skenandore works) to gain access to the murder scene in order to take possession of Harry & Lorraine Brown Bears’ belongings, claiming that they had been ‘promised’ certain items by the Brown Bears.

July 9, 2017
WLUK:  Oneida Nation of WI elects new Business Committee chair

WFRV: Oneida Business Committee election results

June 29, 2017
WLUK:  Oneida Seven Generations Corp. appealing lawsuit dismissal against Green Bay

June 28, 2017:
GBPG:  Wisconsin Oneidas challenge New York Oneidas’ exclusive right to use trademarked names

June 6, 2017
WLUK:  Oneida Seven Generations Corp. complaint against the City of Green Bay dismissed

In the 13-page ruling, Judge William Griesbach said that because after the OSGC won a ruling in state court reversing the Council’s decision – but did not pursue the plant any further – the decision not to build belongs to the tribe, not the city.

“The fact that OSGC ultimately prevailed and could have completed the project had it chosen to do so also makes the City Council’s decision less shocking or egregious than a substantive due process violation requires. There is no suggestion that the City Council members were aware that delay would essentially kill the project because it would lose whatever economic viability it might have had. In the final analysis, the City’s action caused a delay in the project; it was apparently a change in other factors over which the City had no control that caused OSGC to abandon it,” the judge wrote.

In a statement, Mayor Jim Schmitt said, “We just learned the Federal Court dismissed the complaint filed by Oneida Seven Generations Corporation. The suit against the City of Green Bay was based on the revocation of a conditional use permit for their intended waste-to-energy facility. This is great news for City tax payers, as OSGC sought millions in damages from the City. The decision issued by Judge William C. Griesbach states that even though the City should not have revoked the permit, due process was adequately given. We respect the ruling by the federal court, and hope to move forward with mutual respect and relationships with the Oneida Nation.”

The Oneida Nation has not responded to Fox 11’s request for comment.

May 4, 2017
WBAY:  Vance Reed pleads no contest to murder of Oneida couple

Reed, 20, entered the plea to two counts of first-degree homicide Thursday and was found guilty by the Outagamie County judge.

Reed will be sentenced [July 10, 2017].

Investigators say around September 7, Reed, who was 19 at the time, had been drinking at Harry and Lorraine Brown Bears’ home on the Oneida reservation. He got into an argument with Harry and slit his throat, then stabbed Lorraine.

Police were asked to check on the couple after they hadn’t been seen in days. It was determined the Brown Bears were dead for as long as a week before they were found.

Police took DNA swabs from neighbors and witnesses, and blood stains found in the Brown Bears’ home matched Reed’s, and they say he confessed to the crimes.

WLUK:  Oneida Nation in WI member convicted in gruesome stabbing murders of elderly couple

April 20, 2017
WLUK:  Judge declines to dismiss Village of Hobart’s lawsuit vs. Oneida Nation in Wisconsin

In a decision issued late Wednesday, federal Judge William Griesbach denied the tribe’s motion to end the case with a ruling in its favor, and said the tribe needs to turn over information on boundaries and other issues to the village.

“The blanket stay of discovery requested by the Nation will tactically disadvantage the Village because it prevents the Village from effectively responding to the Nation’s motion for summary judgment or presenting its case. Rather than render a decision based on a less than complete record, the court finds that village is entitled to a reasonable opportunity to discover and present all evidence pertinent to the Nation’s challenge to enforcement of its Special Event Permit Ordinance and the Village’s defense thereof,” the judge wrote.

No trial date has been set.

April 11, 2017
WLUK:  Ron & Kelly Van Den Heuvels’ bank fraud trial rescheduled 

The trial date for a De Pereman 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 [October, 23, 2017].

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

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.


WTAQ: Van Den Heuvels’ Bank Fraud Trial Delayed

Ron Van Den Heuvel and Kelly Yessman Van Den Heuvel’s trials were pushed back Tuesday from July 31 to October 23.

The Van Den Heuvels are accused of illegally arranging a series of loans in connection with their business, Green Box [NA].

Paul Piikkila, the Van Den Heuvel’s former banker, has agreed to plead guilty and testify against the couple.

According to the federal indictment, Piikkila approved a series of loans for the Van Den Heuvels when he was a loan officer with Appleton’s Horicon Bank location.  

Bank management reportedly told Piikkila not to approve loans for the Van Den Heuvels so they were made out in other names.

March 2, 2017
NBC 10 WCAU – Philadelphia: Temple University Graduate Admits to Running $54M Green-Energy Ponzi Scheme; The scam allegedly ran from 2005 until 2009, even after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Wragg and Knorr’s Bala Cynwyd-based Mantria Corp.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Two years out of Temple, he built a $54 million Ponzi scheme

Their 2015 indictment came six years after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against the company in Colorado, shut down the firm, and obtained a court order barring its principals from raising new funds. Various people linked to the company and its associated entities have agreed to a $6 million settlement with investors.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Man admits to running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

February 20, 2017
WBAY: City Council falls one vote short of removing Green Bay mayor

The Green Bay City Council fell one vote short of removing Mayor Jim Schmitt from office. The council voted 8-4 to remove him but state law required nine votes — a three-quarters majority. The vote came at 11:13 p.m., after more than four hours of arguments and deliberations.

GBPG: Schmitt narrowly survives removal vote

The City Council found there was cause to remove Schmitt from office, but Alderman Randy Scannell’s decision not to back Schmitt’s removal kept him in office.

The council voted 9-3 to find there was cause to remove Schmitt after a tense, hourlong hearing and close to three hours of closed session deliberations.

But Scannell’s decision not to support removing Schmitt deprived the council of the nine votes needed to remove Schmitt from office.

WLUK: Judge denies Mayor’s request to halt hearing

GBPG: Judge allows Schmitt hearing to go forward

WBAY: Judge denies Green Bay mayor’s request to stop removal petition hearing

Schmitt used his official position as Mayor to direct the City Clerk to conduct an audit of his campaign finance reports, thus merging his acts as mayor with his acts as a candidate. As a result, the Common Council has shown that it is proceeding on alleged wrongs connected to Schmitt’s actions as Mayor. …


Schmitt’s Petition for a Writ of Prhohibition is DENIED. Schmitt is not entitled to an award of his costs and disbursements.


Quasi-Judicial Hearing on petition for removal of Mayor James J. Schmitt from the Office of Mayor.

February 17, 2017
GBPG: Green Bay officers punished for harrassment

WBAY: Two Green Bay police officers resign amidst harassment investigation

WBAY: Community stands behind Green Bay Police Chief during department harassment investigation

February 16, 2017
WBAY: Green Bay Police investigation leads to officer’s resignation, disciplinary actions

WTAQ: Green Bay Mayor Questions Aldermen Mental Health

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt lashed out at a trio of city council members during a recent Political Radar podcast, alluding that some aldermen may be dealing with mental health problems or broken home lives.


WLUK: City Council Attorney says hearing on mayor should move forward

February 15, 2017:
GBPG: Schmitt asks judge to halt removal hearing; Mayor says he was not in office while campaigning

Schmitt’s lawyer, Patrick Knight, on Wednesday filed a petition asking Brown County Circuit Court Judge Marc Hammer to stop the hearing. …

In January, Council President Tom De Wane and Vice President Mark Steuer hired Milwaukee attorney Jeremy Levinson to guide the council through the removal hearing. On Feb. 7, the council notified Schmitt it would hold the hearing on Feb. 20. …

“He feels we don’t have the right to do this. The attorney we hired says we do,” De Wane said. “I really expect whoever looks at this filing will allow us to go forward.”

February 14, 2017:
GBPG: Aldermen: Mayor’s tactics ‘deceitful’ in ‘retaliatory’ finance probe he knew was called off; Schmitt’s motives for misleading media questioned

VIDEO: Alderman Chris Wery statement on campaign finance probe

February 13, 2017:
WTAQ: Green Bay Alderman Cleared A Year Ago In Finance Case

…Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt was told a year ago that a campaign finance investigation against three aldermen had been closed but said nothing. Schmitt, in December 2015, requested the investigation after one was launched into his campaign finances. The probe into the Mayor’s finances ultimately led to misdemeanor conviction charges against him.

WFRV: Green Bay aldermen learn investigation against them ended a year ago

February 11, 2017: Green Bay Mayor Sat for a Year on Letter Clearing 3 Aldermen

February 7, 2017:
WLUK: Green Bay wants Oneida Seven Generations Corp. suit dismissed

Instead of responding to the OSGC claims, the city’s attorneys make a two-fold argument for why the case should be dismissed: the tribal company failed to exhaust its options in state court, and it doesn’t make a valid due process violation claim.

On the first point, the city notes that after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in May 2015 that the city improperly revoked the plant’s permit, OSGC never followed up with the courts to have the court order implemented. …

On the second point, the city argues that OSGC fails to meet the federal standards for making a due process violation claim. … 

The city’s brief also argues that the OSGC wasn’t authorized by the Oneida General Tribal Council to pursue the lawsuit.

December 28, 2016:
GBPG: Green Bay sued over waste-to-energy plant

December 27, 2016: Oneida Tribal Corporation Suing Green Bay Over Failed Power Plant: $21 Million Lawsuit Seeks To Cover Damages From Project Tribal Corporation sues Wisconsin city over power plant

December 23, 2016:
WLUK: Oneida company sues Green Bay regarding waste-to-energy plant

WBAY: Oneida tribal corporation sues city over revoked waste-to-energy plant

WGBA: Oneida company sues Green Bay over waste-to-energy plant

December 22, 2016:
GBPG: Mayor Schmitt’s conviction is 2016’s top story

December 20, 2016:
GBPG: Green Bay Common Council will hire lawyer for Mayor Jim Schmitt removal petition case

December 19, 2016
Wisconsin Gazette: 2016 Rewind: Another year, another WEDC scandal

December 9, 2016:
WLUK: City attorney declines to provide clarity about Schmitt petition

WBAY: Learning more about the Removal Petition filed against Mayor Schmitt

WFRV: Green Bay man files complaint against Mayor Schmitt

December 8, 2016:
WLUK: Green Bay resident files petition to remove Mayor Schmitt from office

WBAY: Green Bay man files petition to remove Mayor Schmitt from office

December 6, 2016:
GBPG: After conviction, Schmitt might not seek re-election

December 5, 2016:
WLUK:  Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt sentenced

WGBA:  Mayor Schmitt found guilty for accepting contributions over the legal limit

WFRV:  Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt sentenced to $4,000 fine, 40 hours of community service

November 21, 2016:
GBPG: New charges filed in Green Box fraud case

November 17, 2016:
WLUK:  New Trial Date In Van Den Heuvel Bank Fraud Case

October 26, 2016:
GBPG: Village of Hobart Board urges caution with Oneida Nation of Wisconsin business receipts

October 12, 2016:
GBPG:  Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt campaign worker quit over recordkeeping

October 4, 2016:
WBAY:  Ron Van Den Heuvel pleads not guilty to six more bank fraud charges

September 21, 2016:
WLUK:  De Pere businessman facing more charges

September 17, 2016:
GBPG Editorial Board:  Green Bay City Council must act on mayor

September 14, 2016:
GBPG: Records show extent of Mayor Jim Schmitt’s violations of Wisconsin election laws

The Guardian U.S.:  Money, power and secrets: what the John Doe files lay bare

The Guardian U.S.:  Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics; Sealed Wisconsin court documents from Scott Walker investigation expose extent of corporate influence on democratic process rarely seen by the public

The Guardian U.S.:  ‘Because Scott Walker asked’; Leaked court documents from ‘John Doe investigation’ in Wisconsin lay bare pervasive influence of corporate cash on modern US elections

MJS:  Report: Lead paint makers helped Gov. Walker

WISJ: Leaked John Doe documents paint fuller picture of case against Scott Walker

September 12, 2016:
WLUK:  Documents give more perspective on Mayor Schmitt investigation

WFRV:  Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt charged in campaign finance investigation

September 9, 2016:
GBPG Editorial Board:  Green Bay mayor must step down

WFRV:  Fallout on Green Bay City Council

September 8, 2016:
WLUK:  Judge Timothy Hinkfuss recuses himself from Schmitt case

GBPG:  Wisconsin law may prohibit Mayor Jim Schmitt from continuing to hold public office

September 7, 2016:
GBPG: Schmitt to plead guilty in campaign finance probe; Green Bay aldermen call for Mayor’s resignation

WBAY:  Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt charged with violating Wisconsin campagin finance law

WBAY:  Alderman outrage to charges: “the mayor needs to resign”

WLUK:  ‘I have made mistakes’; Green Bay Mayor charged in campaign probe

WTAQ:  Green Bay Mayor Agrees To Plea Deal

AP/WPR:  Green Bay mayor charged with violating election law

September 2016:
Plastics Engineering SPE Magazine:

July 25, 2016:  IRS Asks To Nix Expert Report In $92 Million Bad Debt Write-Off Row

July 17, 2016:
MJS – On, Wisconsin: WEDC Gag Order: Another bad idea from government officials

July 14, 2016:
Wiscsonsin Gazette: Lawmakers blast Republican attempt to impost gag order on WEDC board members

July 13, 2016:
MJS: WEDC backpedals on gag order for board members

July 10, 2016:
Wisconsin GazetteEx-Banker to plead guilty in fraud case against WEDC recipient

July 9, 2016:
WISJ: Loan officer in Ron Van Den Heuvel bank fraud case enters plea deal

July 8, 2016:
GBPG:  Van Den Heuvel banker pleads guilty in fraud case

July 7, 2016:
WBAY:  Defendant in loan scheme reaches plea agreement

WLUK:  Former Fox Valley loan officer agrees to testify in federal bank fraud case

June 30, 2016:  Wisconsin Firm VHC Inc. Wins OK To Subpoena Accountants Schenck SC In $17 Million Tax Row

June 12, 2016:
GBPG: 5 Federal Agencies investigating Green Box

May 26, 2016:  Pennsylvania Woman Pleads To $54 Million Green Energy Ponzi Scheme

May 25, 2016:
The Morning Call:  Hellertown, Pennsylvania Woman Admits Guilt in $54 Million Ponzi Scam

May 6, 2016:
GBPG:  De Pere businessman pleads not guilty to fraud

WBAY:  Van Den Heuvels, banker enter not guilty pleas to bank fraud

WLUK:  De Pere businessman pleads not guilty to federal bank fraud charges

April 29, 2016:
WGBA:  Indicted De Pere businessman filed for bankrupcy protection

WBAY:  Van Den Heuvel files for bankruptcy protection

WLUK:  Indicted businessman filed for bankruptcy protection

April 26, 2016:
WBAY:  Ron Van Den Heuvel becomes wanted in Brown County

April 28, 2016:
WISJ:  Company at center of WEDC fraud investigation files for bankruptcy

GBPG:  Ron Van Den Heuvel’s Green Box files for bankruptcy

April 21, 2016:
WISJ:  Judge issues arrest warrant for Ron Van Den Heuvel

WTAQ:  Legal Troubles Continue To Pile Up For De Pere Businessman

April 20, 2016:
GBPG:  Judge issues warrant in Green Box case; Van Den Heuvel in contempt of court

GBPG:  Local Christian businessman & businesswife indicted for bank fraud

WISJ:  De Pere businessman, under investigation for WEDC loan, charged with bank fraud

WBAY:  Van Den Heuvels, loan officer face federal bank fraud charges

April 19, 2016:
WBAY:  Van Den Heuvels, loan officer face federal bank fraud charges

WGBA:  Loan officer, De Pere couple indicted for bank fraud

WLUK:  Businessman, wife, loan officer face bank fraud charges

MJS:  Businessman who landed $1.2 Million in state Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. loans indicted

Dept. of Justice Statement, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin: Horicon Bank Loan Officer Paul Piikkila & De Pere couple Ron & Kelly Van Den Heuvel indicted for mulitple Federal Counts of Bank Fraud

April 12, 2016:
WSJ:  Businessman repays taxpayers dime on dollar for troubled WEDC loan

March 31, 2016:
GBPG:  Heidi Cruz and Carly Fiorina visit De Pere

January 25, 2016:
WISJ:  Catching Up: Green Box owner says he plans to repay WEDC

January 14, 2016:
WISJ:  Gov. Scott Walker backs bill making WEDC fraud a felony



December 23, 2015:
WLUK:  WEDC says loan to De Pere’s Van Den Heuvel not repaid; Businessman says money’s coming

November 10, 2015:
WISJ:  Sen. Tammy Baldwin calls for federal investigation into some WEDC loans

WLUK:  Baldwin wants DOJ to review Wisconsin economic agency’s loans

 November 6, 2015:
Letter from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to U.S. General Attorney Loretta Lynch requesting review of May 20, 2015 Letter by WI Sen. Julie Lassa & WI Rep. Peter Barca, and the September 21, 2015 Letter from 42 Enrolled Members of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin asking for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and WEDC recipients Oneida Seven Generations Corp./Green Bay Renewable Energy, Oneida Energy Inc., and Ron Van Den Heuvel’s Green Box NA Green Bay, and the involvement of Artley Skenandore’s Swakweko LLC and Abdul Latif Mahjoob’s American Combustion Technologies Inc./ACTI

GBPG:  Gas drive-offs linked to illegal car sales

October 29, 2015:
MJS:  Kenosha man sentenced to prison for car export scheme

October 15, 2015:
WBAY:  De Pere businessman denies defrauding investors


WBAY: WEDC responds to fraud investigation of De Pere businessman

October 15, 2015:
WISJ: Warrants allege Green Bay businessman defrauded WEDC for more than $1 million

WLUK:  De Pere businessman denies fraud involved in $1.2 Million state loan

GBPG/AP:  Green Bay businessman denies defrauding state

October 14, 2015: Justices Say Tribe Is Immune To Energy Project Lease Suit

September 23, 2015:
[mailed in late-October] Letter from the Oneida Business Community regarding litigation updates in Meyers, et al. v. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; and ACF Leasing, ACF Services & Generation Clean Fuels v. Green Bay Renewable Energy, Oneida Seven Generations Corporation & Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

September 21, 2015:
Letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch from 42 Enrolled Members of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate possible Fraud against the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin by Ron Van Den Heuvel & Green Box NA / Environmental Advanced Reclamation Technology HQ LLC (E.A.R.T.H.); Latif Mahjoob & American Combustion Technologies (of California) Inc. (ACTI); and Oneida Seven Generations Corporation & its subsidiaries, IEP Development LLC, Oneida Energy Inc., and Green Bay Renewable Energy LLC [PDF with 42 signatures]

September 16, 2015:
WISJ:  Democratic lawmakers call for new state agency to replace WEDC’s ‘broken brand’

September 15, 2015:
MJS:  State Sen. Lassa & State Rep. Barca propose bringing WEDC back into state fold

September 3, 2015:
U.S. Dept. of Justice:  Statement about Mantria Corporation ‘green energy’ Ponzi scheme 

U.S News & World Report:  3 charged in $54 million green-energy Ponzi scheme based on trash-to-fuel promise

September 11, 2015:
MJS:  WEDC board puts off outsourcing issue for a month

August 19, 2015:
Daily Times-Call: Longmont, Colorado, Considers Single-Bin Composting Waste System

July 31, 2015:
NMPJ:  UPDATE on KELLERGATE – Blue Stone Strategy Group LLC Asks For Delay In Discovery In Nikishna Polequaptewa Lawsuit

July 30, 2015:
NMPJ:  UPDATE on NM State Auditor and Blue Stone Principal Tim Keller: Let’s Spell it out. Blue Stone Whistleblower Nikishna Polequaptewa Releases Devastating PowerPoint about Keller. Keller will have a Difficult time Explaining PowerPoint Because It Contradicts His Repeated Stories To The Media.

July 28, 2015: 
NMPJ: Exclusive Interview: Whistleblower Nikishna Polequaptewa Releases Devastating Document Exposing New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller Training Blue Stone Strategy Group “Pitch Men” To Grub For Tribal Consulting Business Deals

July 27, 2015:
NMPJ:  Tim Keller Cover Up Continues. Albuquerque Journal Takes a Look. But the Duke of Disclosure Misleads Them.

July 23, 2015:
New Mexico Political Journal:  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller Accused In Federal Lawsuit. Highly Honored American Indian Activist says Keller was “improperly paid.”

July 22, 2015:
MJS:  WEDC gave loans to entrepreneur in case with ‘earmarks of fraud’

MJS:  Troubled De Pere firm that received WEDC loan now under criminal scrutiny

July 20, 2015:

Buzzfeed: How A Ponzi Scheme Hoodwinked Immigration Authorities – U.S. Visa Program For Wealthy Investors Marred By Fraud; America’s multibillion-dollar immigrant investor program is overseen by an agency that many say is not equipped to smell out financial fraud.

A report released in February by Congress’s U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission agreed, singling out EB-5 as especially vulnerable to fraud and laying the blame in part on USCIS. “Given that USCIS is tasked primarily with customs and immigration matters, it is questionable whether this federal agency has the capability to properly oversee the economic dimension of the EB-5 application process at the local level,” the report says.

This is what allowed Luca International Group, a California oil company, to fleece Chinese investors out of $8 million dollars, as the SEC charged this month. The investors thought their money was going toward oil rigs in Texas and Louisiana when in fact, the SEC charged, it was simply being used to prop up a huge Ponzi scheme and fund the lavish lifestyles of the company’s owners. Luca also paid former president George W. Bush $200,000 to speak at a conference designed to encourage Chinese investors to put their money in American oil.  …

By the time the SEC began to suspect that Luca was a pyramid scheme, the company had already obtained approval from USCIS to solicit funds and netted $8 million from Chinese investors. The company trumpeted this approval on one of its websites, calling itself “USCIS approved” and boasting that it “can get you a green card with a $500,000 investment.” 

To get USCIS approval for projects and so-called regional centers — corporate middlemen set up to facilitate the investments — companies have to submit detailed business plans and documentation attesting to the financial health of the businesses involved. Often, as in Luca’s case, both the regional centers and the projects themselves are set up by the same people. According to the SEC, Luca’s entire operation was a pyramid targeting Chinese and Chinese-American investors, which evidently went unnoticed by USCIS.

GBPG:  Dan Ariens to chair troubled WEDC

MJS:  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker calls for legal steps to recover bad state loans

GBPG: WEDC seeks records on De Pere business’ unpaid loans; The newspaper version of the article adds:

WEDC provided the $1.1 million loan to Green Box NA LLC in 2011 in exchange for a pledge to create 115 jobs by Dec. 31, 2014.

The company stopped making payments in 2013, got the loan terms restructured in 2014 and WEDC declared the company in default in March. …

Brown County court records indicate that SC Acquisitions LLC of Winnetka, Ill., sought repayment of $28.3 million in a 2010 mortgage foreclosure case filed against four Van Den Heuvel companies – Eco Fibre Inc., Custom Paper Products Inc., Partners Concepts Development Inc., and Tissue Products Technology Corp.

The company’s struggle to repay existing debt didn’t stop Van Den Heuvel from continuing to pursue loans from WEDC. …

A WEDC statement on Green Box indicates it authorized Green Box’s 2011 loan less than a month after the quasi-public agency was created [by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker].

July 11, 2015:
Shawano Leader: Former Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Suprme Court Chief Justice Joseph R. Martin sentenced on child porn charge

July 10, 2015:
MJS:  Jobs agency lent $1.2 million to businessman with troubled finances

June 29, 2015:
MJS:  Seized luxury cars to be auctioned today

June 4, 2015: 
MJS:  He keeps the Porsche but Kenosha man faces prison in export scheme

May 29, 2015:
Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision w/ Dissenting Opinion of Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, Case No. 2013AP591Oneida Seven Generations Corporation & Green Bay Renewable Energy, LLC v. City of Green Bay

WLUK:  Supreme Court rules in Oneida Seven Generations Corporations favor in plant permit case


WFRV: Oneida Seven Generations Corporation wins lawsuit against City of Green Bay over proposed waste-to-energy plant
• Click here for the WFRV video report
WGBA: State Supreme Court sides with Oneida Seven Generations Corporation in suit against City of Green Bay

WBAY: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules favor of Oneida Seven Generations Corporation in waste-to-energy suit

GBPG: Oneida Seven Generations Corporation’s plant permit wrongfully revoked, court rules

May 23, 2015:
MJS:  Judge OKs sale of fancy cars seized in money laundering scheme

March 30, 2015:
OC Weekly:  Hopi Indian Activist Nikishna Polequaptewa Fights Back Against Federal Lawsuit Claims

March 18, 2015:
MJS:  Man accused of identity theft, fraud in car export scheme arrested

March 12, 2015:
Shawano Leader: Former Menominee tribal prosecutor Joe Martin pleads to child porn charge

March 11, 2015:
Law360.comPaper mill co. Van Den Heuvel Holding Company / VHC Inc. seeks void of $17 Million IRS Deficiency Notice

January 23, 2015:
MJS:  Gov. Scott Walker rejects Menominee Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin bid for Kenosha casino

January 15, 2015:
GBPG: Mayor Schmitt returns $2,000 in campaign donations

January 5, 2015:
WLUK: Mayor Schmitt, Green Bay aldermen call for audit of campaign finances

December 28, 2014:  

New York Times: In North Dakota, a Tale of Oil, Corruption and Death

October 21, 2014:

GBPG: Oneida plant fight goes to state Supreme Court

September 10, 2014:
MJS:  Gov. Walker names campaign attorney’s brother to judgeship

July 16, 2014:  Houston’s one-bin-to-rule-them-all ‘recycling’ plan smells a little like Racism

April 5, 2014:
GBPG: Oneida plant dispute headed to state Supreme Court

March 31, 2014:
WLUK: Green Bay to appeal Oneida Seven Generations decision

March 26, 2014:
WLUK: OSGC wins appeal on waste plant permit

GBPG: Appeals court: Green Bay improperly rejected Seven Generations plant

March 14, 2014:
GBPG: City of Green Bay wants Oneida energy firm’s appeal thrown out

March 13, 2014:
GBPG: Oneida Tribe targeted in $400 million suit over energy deal

December 24, 2013:
WLUK: Chairman wants OSGC dissolution reconsidered

December 18, 2013:
WGBA: Oneida Chairman Asks Tribe To Reconsider OSGC Vote

December 15, 2013:
WGBA: Tribe Votes To Dissolve OSGC

GBGP: Oneidas vote to dissolve company behind trash plant

WFRV: Vote dissolves Oneida Seven Generations Corporation

WBAY: Oneida Tribal Members Vote To Dissolve Seven Generations Corporation

November 22, 2013:
GBGP: Oneida company questioned about ‘open burning’ in plant

WGBA: Oneida Nation Concerns Over Possible Incinerator

November 8, 2013:
Milwaukee Journal SentinelMenominee offered Oneida inducements to support Kenosha casino

September 12, 2013:
GBPG: No grounds to remove Oneida tribal chairman, panel finds

September 3, 2013:
WGBA: Leadership Changes For OSGC

August 19, 2013:
GBPG: Oneida tribal chairman fights ouster effort

July 24, 2013:
GBPG: Oneida tribal chairman targeted in ouster effort

July 10, 2013:
GBPG: Petition aims to dissolve Oneida Seven Generations Corp.

July 9, 2013:
WFRV: Petition filed to dissolve Oneida Seven Generations Corp.

WGBA: Oneida Tribal Members Turn In Petition

WLUK: Petition to dissolve tribal corp. filed

WBAY: Petition Filed to Dissolve Oneida Seven Generations Corp.

June 27, 2013:
WGBA: Tribal Members Seek to Dissolve Tribe’s Business Corporation

June 25, 2013:
Zero Waste World: Oneida Nation & Green Bay Ban the Burning of Waste

June 11, 2013:
Godrey & Kahn: ‘Financing Green Energy: Developing Tribal Energy Resources and Economies’ PowerPoint by John Clancy & Brian Pierson of Godfrey & Kahn [as presented at the Sandia Resort & Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico]

May 16, 2013:
Kailhwisaks: GTC Weighs Future During Special Meeting

May 6, 2013:
GBPG: People have spoken on gasification plant; time to move on

WGBA: Future of Waste to Energy Plant Uncertain

GBPG: Oneida tribal members reject proposed recycling plant

WTAQ: Oneida tribal council approves petition saying no to building plant on reservation

May 5, 2013:
WLUK: Tribe says no to plant in Oneida

WFRV: Oneida Gasification Plant Vote

April 26, 2013:
WFRV: Oneida tribal members protest proposed waste-to-energy facility

April 18, 2013:
Kalihwisaks: GTC to Hear Petition Asking for Ban on Energy Projects Within Reservation

April 11, 2013:
GBPG: Oneida Business Committee reaffirms alt-energy support; Board still stands behind Green Bay gasification plant (In reality, the OBC voted to reaffirm OBC Resoluton 12-08-10-B which says the OBC supports OSGC & subsidiary Oneida Energy Inc. “as corporations wholly owned by the Tribe constructing this facility on the Oneida Reservation, OSGC and Oneida Energy are bound to comply with tribal land use and environmental laws as well as federal environmental laws,” and the Hurlbut St. parcel in the City of Green Bay is NOT on the Oneida Reservation. On May 5, 2013 General Tribal Council voted to prohibit OSGC & its subsidiaries from engaging in ‘gasification,’ ‘waste-to-energy’ and ‘plastics-to-oil’ anywhere on the Oneida Reservation.)

WTAQ: Oneida tribal committee backs gasification plant


April 4, 2013:
AP: Oneida tribe split on gasification plant

GBPG: Tribal foes of Oneida plant might try to dissolve company

WLUK: Oneidas split on gasification plant

WGBA: Group Aims To Halt Waste To Energy Plant

March 12, 2013:
WTAQ: Developer of trash to energy incinerator files notice of lawsuit appeal

WGBA: Oneida Seven Generations Files Appeal

March 11, 2013:
WFRV: Oneida Seven Generations appeals gasification plant decision

February 14, 2013:
WGBA: Recycling Plant Draws New Opponents


February 13, 2013:
WFRV: Oneida Land Commission approves waste-to-energy plant

February 11, 2013:
WFRV: Gasification plant vote delayed

January 31, 2013:
WFRV: Outagamie County new site for proposed waste-to-energy facility

January 30, 2013:
WTAQ: OSGC looking at new site for waste to energy facility on Oneida tribal land

January 9, 2013:
WTAQ: Judge sides with city of Green Bay in court fight over gasification plant

WFRV: Judge rules against Oneida trash-to-energy plant

WLUK: Judge rules for Green Bay in trash-to-energy lawsuit

WGBA: Judge Sides with Green Bay in Energy Plant Suit

November 11, 2011:

Press Release by Susan Finco of Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc.: U.S. Dept. of Energy Issues Final Environmental Assessment Approval for Oneida Seven Generations Corporation Renewable Energy Facility

November 10, 2011:
ABC 8 WFAA – Dallas, TX: City junket to Europe leads to more waste for South Dallas with Orgnaic Energy Corp. & EcoHub Houston

See also: affiliated with Glen Arbor LLC’s EcoHub Wisconsin, LLC & EcoHub USA

July 2011:  The Biggest Green Scam in America – Denver’s Wayde McKelvy raised tens of millions of dollars for a new, clean-energy company that the SEC says was nothing more than an old-school Ponzi scheme

May 4, 2010: THE MODERN PONZI: Federal Judge Orders Parties Not To ‘Harass’ Receiver In Mantria/Speed Of Wealth Case; Dozens Of Companies Now Ensnared In Litigation

January 2007:
Menominee Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin / Kenosha Casino Project Corruption Timeline  

November 2, 1997:
MJS: Businessman’s support may have been against law

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  It pays to know Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson

The Journal Times Donations to Thompson’s campaign led to favors

Investigative Reporters & Editors: Moneyed Interests



Abdul Latif Mahjoob / ACTI / AREC / AREI / ARTI ACF Leasing ACF Services Alliance Construction & Design / Alliance GC (Global Conservation) American Combustion Technologies Inc. (ACTI) / American Combustion Technologies of California Inc. (ACTI) / American Renewable Energy Inc. (AREI) / American Renewable Technologies Inc. (ARTI) Artley Skenandore Jr. / Swakweko LLC Atty. William Cornelius Bruce King City of Green Bay Fmr. OBC Chair Cristina Danforth / Tina Danforth Fmr. OBC Chair Ed Delgado Fmr. OBC Sec. Patty Hoeft Fmr. OBC Vice-Chair Greg Matson Fmr. OBC Vice-Chair Melinda Danforth General Tribal Council / GTC Generation Clean Fuels Green Bay Renewable Energy LLC / GBRE Green Box NA Green Bay LLC Incinerators / Gasification / Pyrolysis / Plastics-to-Oil / Waste-to-Energy Jackie Zalim Kelly Van Den Heuvel / Kelly Yessman Kevin Cornelius Mike Metoxen Mission Support Services Nevada LLC / Mission Support Services LLC Nathan King Nature's Way Tissue Corp. OBC Chief Counsel Jo Anne House OBC Law Office / OLO OBC Vice-Chair Brandon Lee Stevens / Brandon Yellowbird Stevens Oneida Business Committee / OBC Oneida Energy Blocker Corp. Oneida Energy Inc. Oneida ESC Group LLC / OESC Oneida Nation of Wisconsin / Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin / Indian Country / Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Oneida Seven Generations Corporation / OSGC Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises / OTIE OPD Lt. Lisa Drew-Skenandore Owen Somers / Oneida Internal Security Director Paul Linzmeyer Pete King III / King Solutions LLC Ron Van Den Heuvel Sustainment & Restoration Services LLC Todd Van Den Heuvel Tsyosha?aht Cathy Delgado Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation / WEDC

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