White-Collar Criminal Sentenced For Prison Escape

White-Collar Criminal Sentenced For Prison Escape

Gerald Greenfield, who was sentenced in 2012 for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving downtown Minneapolis condos, will spend additional time in jail for fleeing a prison camp.

A federal judge has added a year-and-a-half to the existing 50-month prison sentence being served by a Bloomington man, who fled a minimum-security prison camp in Duluth last year.

Gerald Greenfield was sentenced in 2012 for his role in a $2.5 million mortgage fraud that involved the sale of Minneapolis condos at the Sexton Lofts building. While serving his roughly four-year sentence for conspiracy to commit money laundering, he and fellow inmate Michael Krzyzaniak exited the prison camp and spent six days on the run before being apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service at a hotel in Burnsville. Both men were charged with a count of “escape from custody.”

Krzyzaniak’s original sentence included more than 12 years in prison for orchestrating investment scams that together bilked at least $20 million from investors. (His crimes were not associated with the Sexton Lofts condo fraud.)

It appears the men’s “escape” did not require a sophisticated plan: Last year, after Greenfield and Krzyzaniak fled the Duluth prison camp, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Thomas Volk told the Star Tribune that inmates at the all-male camp are “pretty much there on the honor system” and are not in a high-security setting with locked cells.