Fraudster Krzyzaniak Faces Up to 5 More Yrs. for Fleeing Prison

Fraudster Krzyzaniak Faces Up to 5 More Yrs. for Fleeing Prison

If convicted, Michael Krzyzaniak, who was already serving a 12-year prison sentence, could have five more years tacked on for fleeing a prison camp.

Last year, Michael Krzyzaniak was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for orchestrating investment scams that together bilked at least $20 million from investors.

Now, he faces up to an additional five years for fleeing prison.

Krzyzaniak was one of two inmates who fled a minimum-security federal prison camp near Duluth late last month. Krzyzaniak and Gerald Greenfield, who was convicted for conspiracy to commit money laundering, spent six days on the run before being apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service at a hotel in Burnsville.

Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that Krzyzaniak has now been indicted on one count of escape from custody. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison—which may be tacked on to the sentence he is already serving.

Krzyzaniak was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in February 2012 on one count of wire fraud and one count of income tax evasion.

To date, Greenfield has not been charged for escaping prison.

After Krzyzaniak and Greenfield fled the Duluth prison camp, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Thomas Volk told the Star Tribune that in-mates at the all-male camp are “pretty much there on the honor system” and are not in a high-security setting with locked cells.