The disgraced CEO of Canarsie’s Brookdale University Hospital has been indicted for his shady dealing with embattled state Sen. Carl Kruger.
A Manhattan Federal Grand Jury ruled that Medisys Health Network CEO David Rosen bought Kruger’s (D–Brighton Beach) political clout by hiring a hospice care company that the legislature had a personal stake in.
Rosen was arrested along with Kruger and six others last month in a far-reaching scam that allegedly netted the pol nearly a million dollars in bribes.
Medisys, which has owned Brookdale University Hospital at the corner of Linden Boulevard and Rockaway Parkway since the late 1990s, fired Rosen following his arrest.
According to the complaint, Kruger agreed to use his clout in the state senate to “benefit Medisys and its constituent hospitals as the opportunities arose.”
Federal prosecutors would not disclose the name of the hospice company, but said the negotiations between Kruger and Rosen took place in 2008.
“Rosen caused Brookdale Hospital to negotiate business with a certain third party hospice care provider,” the federal complaint states. “Rosen knew that Kruger had a personal interest in obtaining business for the hospice company and Rosen was in the process of directing the business to the hospice company in exchange for Kruger’s favorable official actions.”
The indictment states the contract was first discussed when Rosen met with Kruger at Brookdale Hospital in August, 2007. The deal, which was hammered out a year later, was no secret: investigators found an e-mail Rosen sent to another Medisys executive regarding Kruger’s interest in a partnership between Brookdale Hospital and his hospice company. He had also talked about the deal with former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Queens), who was also allegedly in Rosen’s pocket.
Federal prosecutors claim Rosen bought the loyalty of both Assemblyman William Boyland (D-Bedford Stuyvesant) and Seminerio with no-show consulting jobs.
Seminerio, who was convicted of taking bribes in 2009 and died in prison earlier this year, received a $40,000 a year consulting job with Medisys. Boyland, who worked in Medisys’s community affairs department before becoming a state legislator, was never terminated and continued to be paid by Medisys after he went to Albany.
Once they were on the company’s payroll, both Boyland and Seminerio earmarked millions to Brookdale Hospital as well as the three Queens hospitals, three nursing homes and health care centers under its control, the indictment claims.
Rosen was replaced by his second in command just days after the criminal complaint was filed in Manhattan Federal court.
His attorney, Robert Morvillo, would not comment on Rosen’s indictment, but maintains his client’s innocence.
Federal prosecutors would not say if a grand jury has been impaneled to hear the charges against Kruger, who has been accused of swapping political favors for nearly $1 million in bribes from deep-pocketed developers and lobbyists.
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