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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that at a hearing on July 21, 2014, at the Monroe County Circuit Court, Judge Todd Ziegler found that the criminal counts of racketeering and securities fraud against Illinois resident Edward Van Der Molen were validly charged by Wisconsin Department of Justice. As a result, the court will consider those charges as read-ins at a sentencing hearing scheduled for October 13, 2014.
As part of a plea agreement, Van Der Molen pleaded guilty to the charge of Felony Theft By Contractor, a Class G Felony. As a result of the court’s ruling, the court at sentencing will consider Van Der Molen’s racketeering and securities offenses in addition to the theft by contractor offense.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represents the State of Wisconsin as the special prosecutor for the County of Monroe.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.