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Continued: Federal prison escapees in Minnesota are caught

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER and PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: April 5, 2013 - 11:25 PM

“That was one of our main concerns,” said the father, whose Richfield home is about 10 miles north of the hotel.

Joseph Krzyzaniak said he had no contact with his son during his time as fugitive.

Michael Krzyzaniak, of Minneapolis, has nine years to serve of a 12-year-plus term for bilking investors by promoting development projects that never happened. Among them was a resort and housing development in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., that included a Phil Mickelson-designed golf course. Another was a proposed NASCAR-style racetrack in the Elko New Market area. He pleaded guilty in 2011 to wire fraud and tax evasion.

Greenfield, of Bloomington, was serving four years for assisting a mortgage scam with the developer of the Sexton Lofts in downtown Minneapolis. He helped the developer by hiding the profits with an attorney friend in Australia. He has a projected release date of Nov. 2, 2015.

The prison camp, a few miles north of Duluth, lacks a fence and operates on the honor system.

In 1988, Michael Krzyzaniak skipped town as he faced trial in connection with a bogus scheme to sell $550,000 worth of American veteran commemorative medallions. He was arrested seven months later while walking his dog in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was setting up another telemarketing operation.

Star Tribune staff writers Chao Xiong and Dan Browning contributed to this report.

susan.feyder@startribune.com 952-746-3282 paul.walsh@startribune.com 612-673-4482









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