Lawrence developer sentenced to prison in hotel tax case


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The developer of a seven-story hotel adjacent to the University of Kansas was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for a scheme to collect fraudulent tax refunds from the city of Lawrence.

Thomas S. Fritzel, 54, of Lawrence was also fined $25,000, the U.S. attorney's office said in a news release.

Fritzel pleaded guilty in January to one count of criminal conspiracy.

Fritzel, part owner and manager of Oread Inn, had an agreement with the city of Lawrence to finance the more than $40 million hotel project. He was to be repaid $11 million for public improvements such...

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