Hull, Iowa — A Hull woman facing federal charges in connection with an allegedly fraudulent ticket selling scheme is planning on taking a plea bargain.
According to court documents, federal charges of Mail Fraud, and Making and Subscribing False Income Tax Return have been filed against Ranae Van Roekel. Documents indicate an initial appearance, arraignment, and plea hearing will take place on Thursday, July 28. 2016. at 2:30 PM, before United States Magistrate Judge C.J. Williams.
The documents go on to state that the court has been advised that Van Roekel will be pleading guilty pursuant to a plea agreement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.
Court documents accuse Van Roekel of using the internet, phone networks, and the U.S. Mail to defraud people attempting to buy tickets through her home-based business, “Get ‘Em Tickets Now”, from January, 2008 through June, 2012. She is accused of obtaining money through the mail from customers, claiming to have access to tickets to various events, including the 2012 Super Bowl, which she did not have. Court documents say she went so far as to claim to be a member of the Super Bowl Planning Committee. She is specifically charged for receiving a check through the mail for $1,664 for four pre-purchased tickets to the 2012 Super Bowl. All told, Van Roekel is charged with fraudulently obtaining more than a half million dollars.
The false income tax return charge alleges that Van Roekel knowingly filed a false and fraudulent Federal Income Tax Form 1040 for the 2010 calendar year.