Iowa AG Says Investigation Into Missing Super Bowl Tickets Sold By Boydan Woman Not A Criminal Probe

Date posted - February 9, 2012

More and more people are coming forward saying they bought tickets that they never received.

A story in the <i>Des Moines Register</i> says an Ames real-estate developer paid more that $180,000 for tickets to premiere sporting events to a Boyden woman who is being investigated by Iowa officials for allegedly failing to deliver discounted tickets bought more than a year in advance of the events.

The article goes on to identify the man as Dickson Jansen of Ames.  It says he bought scores of tickets from 44-year-old Ranae Van Roekel of Boyden beginning in December, 2010 for sporting events such as the Super Bowl, Masters’ Golf Tournament, the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, and other major events.

He apparently bought large blocks of tickets and planned to re-sell them for charity.  He says in fairness to Van Roekel, they are the first tickets he bought from her, Apparently several other people, both in and out of Iowa have similar complaints about service received from Van Roekel.

The paper says that more than three dozen people have come forward expecting over $500,000 worth of tickets.

While a spokesman for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office says that the investigation that they are doing is not considered a criminal probe at this time, he also says that Iowa has not seen anything else on this scale in the context of complaints against an individual rather than a company.  He says he doesn’t know whether something went wrong in acquiring the tickets or if there was an intention of deceit from the beginning.

Again that story in the <i>Des Moines Register</i>.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

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