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Tom Petters breaks silence in exclusive interview from prison

Twin Cities Business sat down with the former Wayzata businessman in Leavenworth Penitentiary, where he's serving a 50-year sentence for his role in a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. But he sticks with the same story he told a courtroom in 2009: He wasn't involved. He says his associates ran the fraud while he was deeply focused on Sun Country Airlines and Polaroid.
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Twin Cities Business sat down with the former Wayzata businessman in Leavenworth Penitentiary, where he's serving a 50-year sentence for his role in a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. But he sticks with the same story he told a courtroom in 2009: He wasn't involved. He says his associates ran the fraud while he was deeply focused on Sun Country Airlines and Polaroid.

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