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A one-time associate of former University of Louisville education dean Robert Felner has been found guilty of conspiracy to impede and impair the Internal Revenue Service.

But a federal jury in Louisville Tuesday aquitted Thomas Schroeder of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Schroeder and Felner were accused of taking part in a scheme to bilk U of L, the University of Rhode Island and an Illinois addiction center out of some $2.3 million. Schroeder contended during his four-week
trial that he was duped by Felner.

Felner pleaded guilty in the case earlier this year and is serving a 63 month sentence.

Schroeder faces up to five year in prison when he’s sentenced in December. His attorney tells the Courier-Journal he will likely appeal the verdict.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."