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Owner of houseboat where Cunanan killed himself wanted for fraud

July 24, 1997

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) _ The owner of a houseboat in which murder suspect Andrew Cunanan killed himself is wanted in Germany for fraud, a prosecutor said today.

A Europe-wide arrest warrant was issued for Thorsten Reineck, 49, formerly of Hamburg, on fraud charges involving up to $111,000, Leipzig state prosecutor Norbert Roeger said.

Reineck moved to Leipzig after the fall of the Wall in 1989 and opened a gaming hall, according to a report in Germany’s Bild newspaper in early February 1996.

The report said Reineck also bought into the Leipzig brewery ``Leo-Braeu,″ which later went bankrupt. Bild said Reineck was under investigation for evasion of nearly $280,000 in taxes.

Roeger declined to confirm the tax evasion allegations, citing an ongoing investigation. He said his office has not sought Reineck’s extradition, but would consider it.

According to the Bild report, Reineck’s whereabouts had not been known since 1992, when he went underground. The newspaper said its reporters tracked him down at his luxurious residence hideout in Florida.

Cunanan, the suspected serial killer who eluded a nationwide manhunt for nearly three months, shot himself to death Wednesday in a houseboat in Miami, police said.

Records showed the houseboat, which had been vacant for several months, is owned by Reineck. He also is listed as the owner of the Apollo Spa, a gay club in Las Vegas. The Clark County Licensing Bureau in Nevada showed Reineck as a Miami Beach resident.

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