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$105 Million Fine, and One Day of Probation

MANHATTAN (CN) - Stanley Tollman, whose Tollman-Hundley Hotels owned and operated Days Inns across the United States, was sentenced to 1 day of probation and ordered to cough up $105 million for tax fraud, federal prosecutors say.

Tollman, 78, entered a guilty plea from London, where he fled after his 2002 indictment, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. England refused to extradite him, citing the frail health of his wife, Beatrice Tollman, 77, who also was charged with tax fraud.

Six other men have pleaded guilty to tax fraud in the scheme, including the Tollman's son, Brett. Convicted in 2004 were Monty Hundley, Sanford Freedman, James Cutler, and Howard Zukerman; Richard Masefield also pleaded guilty to tax charges.

Stanley Tollman agreed to pay $60.4 million in back taxes and $44.7 million to settle a civil forfeiture action federal prosecutors filed in 2002. The Tollmans fled the country just before the forfeiture was filed. The multi-defendant tax frauds also involved The Travel Corporation, Trafalgar Tours and the Red Carnation Group of hotels, all based in the British Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Attorney's Office did not say what day Tollman would be on probation.

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