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
is not allowed to work in the healthcare field, neither directly or indirectly.
satisfies all of his
sentencing agreement and has not violated probation, he
can apply for early termination of probation at the 42 month mark.
is taking advantage of what's been offered him in the prison system," his
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
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.