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Robert Krasnow is the president of the company. Krasnow had not returned the newspaper's telephone calls by press time.
Jasper - Robert A. Krasnow Jr.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, Robert A. Krasnow Jr., 38, came before Circuit Judge Leandra G. Johnson (Lake City) in a Hamilton County courtroom to enter into a plea agreement with the State Attorney's Office for his involvement in connection with the 2008 closure by federal authorities of Trinity Community Hospital (TCH) located at 506 NW 4th Street in Jasper. In July of 2010, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that investigators with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, FDLE, and the McHenry County Sheriff's Office arrested several people, including Robert A. Krasnow Jr. of Gainesville, who was the owner of TCH. That investigation uncovered that over $660,000 in state grant funds dedicated to hospital improvements were received by the corporation, but little if any of those funds were used to make such improvements. The plea agreement stated that Krasnow Jr. pleaded guilty to racketeering and scheming to defraud, both first degree felonies, and that he would serve 36 months in Florida State Prison with credit for time served, as well as seven years probation, and pay restitution in the amount of $180,000 plus court costs. Additionally, during his supervision he is not allowed to work in the healthcare field, neither directly or indirectly. If he satisfies all of his sentencing agreement and has not violated probation, he can apply for early termination of probation at the 42 month mark. "Mr. Krasnow is taking advantage of what's been offered him in the prison system," his attorney said. The reasons for the request for a furlough between sentences varied from needing time to consult with a Gainesville doctor on mental health issues, seeking medical treatment from a specialist for back problems, seeing an optometrist for failing eyesight, start proceedings for bankruptcy, deal with the foreclosure of his family's home, and issues with his five children, including immigration status on one child from his previous marriage. Also, his attorney said someone stole his identity and filed a tax return in his name and he needs to deal with that. In Hamilton County on Thursday, Oct. 11, Robert T. Krasnow, Sr., 60, came before Circuit Judge Leandra G. Johnson (Lake City) for sentencing immediately following the sentencing of his son Robert A. Krasnow Jr.
President of Trinity Community Hospital, Robert Krasnow Jr., and CEO/Administrator of the hospital, Andy Castellanos, presented individual plaques and a bonus to each employee to show their appreciation of the long-time employees.
In July, investigators arrested owner Robert A. Krasnow, 36, of Gainesville; Dr. Yong Am Park, 66, of Lake City; Robert T. Krasnow, 58, of Gainesville, the father of Robert A. Krasnow; hospital administrator Christina L. Ortega, 42, of Lake City; and licensed practical nurse Ashley Lane Butler, 37, of Live Oak.
The investigation disclosed that the bulk of these funds were used either to support the activities of the criminal enterprise or diverted to the personal use of Krasnow or her brother, hospital owner Robert A. Krasnow. Monies gained through these fraudulent activities were laundered through various bank accounts controlled by Robert A. Krasnow, and some of the diverted hospital grants funds were traced to a defunct car dealership managed by Natalie A. Krasnow.
In July of 2010, after a lengthy investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that investigators with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, FDLE, and the McHenry County Sheriff's Office arrested Krasnow Sr. of Gainesville, along with his son Robert A. Krasnow Jr. of Gainesville who was the owner of TCH, Dr. Yong Am Park of Lake City, hospital administrator Christina L. Ortega of Lake City, and licensed practical nurse Ashley Lane Butler of Live Oak.
Additionally, Krasnow Sr.'s son Robert A. Krasnow Jr., who is currently being held in the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Central Florida, will also be summoned to court in Hamilton County on Oct. 11. It was disclosed that he had already signed a plea agreement for his involvement and the state would be ready to accept it on Oct. 11.
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