MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on January 17, 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, serving as special prosecutor to Monroe County, filed a criminal complaint in Monroe County Circuit Court accusing Edward Van Der Molen of one count of racketeering activity, one count of securities fraud, and one count of theft by contractor.  An initial appearance is scheduled for February 17, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, Van Der Molen offered and sold investment contracts, calling them either “net lease agreements” or “lease-back agreements” in connection with the sale of investment properties at the “Three Bears Resort” in Warrens, Wisconsin.  The terms of the agreements and other statements made to potential investors were made to induce the investor to buy into the investment properties.  Van Der Molen did not disclose information about his or his company’s failure to pay various financial obligations associated with the investment.  In addition, Van Der Molen withheld the fact that his company was losing millions of dollars in the years leading up to the sales at issue in the complaint.  By not disclosing the financial information, he misled his investors with his promises of a return on their investment. These facts and circumstances form the basis for the racketeering and securities charges. Additionally, Van Der Molen entered into a contract whereby he accepted more than $80,000 that was to be used for building a customer’s villa; however, Van Der Molen spent that money on something other than building the customer’s villa.  These facts and circumstances form the basis for the theft by contractor charge. A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Contributed by the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office