Feds charge Boyden woman with fraud in Super Bowl ticket scam

July 20, 2016

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SIOUX CITY, IOWA (AP) – AN BOYDEN WOMAN WHO DUPED DOZENS OF PEOPLE INTO BUYING NON-EXISTENT TICKETS TO THE SUPER BOWL AND OTHER HIGH-PROFILE EVENTS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FRAUD.

THE FEDERAL CHARGES OF MAIL AND TAX FRAUD AGAINST RANAE VAN ROEKEL OF BOYDEN, COME FOUR YEARS AFTER HER ALLEGED SCHEME BECAME PUBLIC.

A DOCUMENT FILED MONDAY CHARGES VAN ROEKEL WITH FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING MORE THAN $531,000 FROM CUSTOMERS BETWEEN 2008 AND 2012.

PROSECUTORS SAY VAN ROEKEL FALSELY CLAIMED TO HAVE ACCESS TO TICKETS, HOTEL ROOMS AND VIP PASSES AT DEEP DISCOUNTS DUE TO PERSONAL CONNECTIONS, ONCE CLAIMING SHE WAS ON THE SUPER BOWL PLANNING COMMITTEE.

AFTER COLLECTING MONEY, SHE TOLD CUSTOMERS SHE COULDN’T FILL MOST OF THE ORDERS. SHE OFTEN TARGETED CUSTOMERS THAT SHE HAD CONTACT WITH THROUGH YOUTH SPORTS.

HER ATTORNEY DECLINED COMMENT.