Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has opened an investigation of SOLACE (Surviving Our Loss And Continuing Everyday) founder JoAnna Krohn for alleged financial mismanagement, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Since the area starting fighting back against prescription drug abuse and misuse, Krohn and SOLACE has served as an advocate for the addicted and for the well being of the community.
According to mysolace.org, “JoAnna Krohn, executive director of SOLACE, founded the organization in 2010 as a direct result of the drug related death of her beloved son, Wesley Workman (above). JoAnna was devastated with the loss of her son, but she quickly turned her grief into a positive journey by choosing to help others in similar situations. Because of JoAnna, SOLACE has influenced legislation, become a certified prevention facility, and AoD treatment Facility. In Five short years, JoAnna has built a reputable name for SOLACE as an organization/facility that knows no prejudice, truly cares, and will do whatever it takes to provide a ‘hand up.”
Allegations against Krohn where spelled out in a protective order filed in Scioto County Court by SOLACE. The organization is seeking a restraining order barring Krohn from coming near the group, talking to its members and portraying herself as a representative of the organization, the AP reported.
Krohn, through her attorney said she believes her removal was improper.
Krohn “unequivocally denies any wrongdoing and plans on pursuing each and every legal remedy to right this injustice,” attorney Matt Loesch told the AP.
A lawyer for SOLACE emphasized that Krohn was placed on leave and not dismissed, and that the agency is open and serving clients.
“We’re not saying anyone’s done anything wrong,” said attorney Rick Faulkner. “We’re just saying someone needs to explain apparent discrepancies in how things have been handled.”
Krohn has made, or published, statements harmful to SOLACE, its employees and clients since the SOLACE board placed her on unpaid administrative leave last month, according to the protective order filing.
Statements include, “threatening and harassing texts and postings on Facebook and social media causing financial concerns and concerns for daily operations and provisions of services to clients,” the filing said.
SOLACE is also seeking a protective order against Krohn’s son, Blake Crabtree, saying he threatened to kill everyone at the agency in a Nov. 23 phone call, if his mother went to prison, according to the filing against Crabtree.
On Nov. 3, Krohn and SOLACE were ordered to produce numerous financial records by the charitable division of the Attorney General’s office, including bank statements, canceled checks, deposit slips and tax returns, the protective order filing said.
Scioto County Judge Howard Harcha scheduled Monday hearings on SOLACE’s request for both protective orders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Wayne Allen at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or on Twitter at @WayneallenPDT.