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Hospital executive gets 3 years in prison

David Rosen, former CEO of MediSys Health Network, the operator of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital and Flushing Hospital Medical Center, has been sentenced to three years in prison for bribery.

Rosen pleased guilty to participating in a scheme which involved former state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., (D-Brooklyn) and the late Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill). The scheme funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to the politicians in return for using their influence in Albany to benefit Rosen’s healthcare organization.

At Rosen’s request, he was tried before a judge rather than a jury. After a three-week trial last year, Judge Jed Rakoff found him guilty.

His lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, argued that Rosen did what he had to do to secure the survival of his hospitals — which served New York’s poor — and that he didn’t ask for any of the money for himself. He also asked the judge to let Rosen off on probation and community service.

The courts probation office recommended a sentence of 10 years.

The NYDailyNews reported that Judge Rakoff said that while he had no doubt Rosen was “a good man in many respects,”  the seriousness of the crimes required him to send Rosen to prison. Rakoff added this case was tragic because it showed how someone who had been widely admired and sought to better the health care of poor communities used his position to bribe state legislators.

After serving three years in prison, Rosen will also spend two years under supervised release and is required to pay a $500 special assessment fee.

Rosen maintains his innocence. That’s why Abramowitz told the judge he would be filing an expeditious appeal on Rosen’s behalf.

Kruger resigned and pleaded guilty to corruption charges in December and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Boyland was acquitted, but later arrested on new bribery charges. Seminerio, plead guilty to an earlier case of fraud and died in prison.

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