A Canarsie hospital executive convicted of bribing disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday, after his attorney begged for community service.
But Manhattan Federal Court Judge Jed Rakoff didn’t want to hear David Rosen’s pleas, claiming that the former CEO of MediSys, which owns several city hospitals, including Brookdale Hospital, “knowingly and intentionally bribed one state legislator after another.”
“To achieve his ends, however laudable, he sought to help make this a government not of the people, but of the debauched,” Rackoff said.
The hospital exec, who was also accused of bribing Assemblymembers Anthony Seminerio (D–Queens) and Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. (D–Cypress Hills) decided to have a bench trial last summer. Judge Rakoff found Rosen, 64, guilty of bribing all three legislators.
Federal prosecutors claimed Rosen secured $400,000 in state funding by promising Kruger he would do business with a hospice company that the state senator had on the payroll of his consulting firm, Adex Management. That company, Compassionate Care Hospice, was paying Kruger $5,000 a month to drum up business for it.
During the trial, prosecutors said Kruger created Adex with co-defendant Saul Kalish and Michael Turano, his alleged lover and son of Community Board 18 District Manager Dorothy Turano.
But the deal between Brookdale Hospital and Compassionate Care fell apart when Seminerio — to whom Rosen had given a no-show consulting job — was arrested.
Kruger pleaded guilty to taking close to $1 million in bribes from deep-pocketed lobbyists in December, and was sentenced to seven years in prison last week. Turano was given two years in prison.
A man accused of dressing up like his dead mother in a harebrained attempt to keep his Park Slope home is facing up to 83 years in jail now that he’s been found guilty of falsifying records.
Thomas Prusik Parkin, who’s been jailed for nearly three years since his arrest in 2009, refused to plead guilty and demanded a trial, which ended last Thursday with a guilty conviction.
Prosecutors claim that Parkin dressed up like his dead mother to keep his house from foreclosure.
His mother, Irene Prusick, who died in 2003 at 73, deeded the home on Sixth Avenue near 12th Street to Parkin, but the failed entrepreneur soon couldn’t make the $200,000 mortgage he took out on the home after a real estate venture he was working on failed, investigators said.
The house went into foreclosure and was purchased by Samir Chopra at auction.
But instead of mourning his mother’s death, Parkin allegedly seized the opportunity, as well as the elderly woman’s wardrobe, prosecutors claimed.
Pretending to be his mother, he filed several lawsuits against Chopra claiming that the deed he had purchased, the one with her “son’s” name on it, had been forged.
He propagated the fraud further by collecting approximately $52,000 in monthly Social Security benefits over six years for his deceased mother, as well as an additional $65,000 in rental assistance from the city’s Human Resource Agency.
Prosecutors allege that Parkin would apply for the assistance dressed in a wig, dark glasses, and his mother’s clothes, or through a friend who pretended to be Prusick’s “concerned nephew.”
Parkin managed to stay in his mother’s home as he filed lawsuit upon lawsuit against Chopra in Irene Prusick’s name, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said when the Park Slope resident was arrested.Reach Deputy Editor Thomas Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-2525.
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