The case against SOLACE (Surviving Our Loss And Continuing Everyday) founder Jo Anna Krohn was continued on Monday morning to February 25, 2016.
SOLACE is seeking a restraining order against Krohn and her son Blake Crabtree.
The case was brought before Scioto County Court of Common Pleas Judge Howard H. Harcha, III, and before a hearing could get started it was announced that a continuance was granted to allow both sides to further prepare.
SOLACE 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, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP)
Krohn, through her attorney, told the AP 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.
In the same AP report, it was made known that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has opened an investigation against Krohn for alleged financial mismanagement.
When asked to comment on the investigation against Krohn and Courtney Golden, Assistant Director of SOLACE, Dan Tierney, Spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said, “we cannot confirm or deny any charitable or nonprofit investigation. We cannot comment until there is some kind of legal action taken by the state.”
Tierney said while they cannot comment or confirm an investigation, he can comment on any complaint filed with the office.
A complaint against Krohn and Courtney Golden, SOLACE Assistant Director was filed with the Attorney General’s Office by Amy Collins of Portsmouth.
In the complaint Collins states, “I worked for SOLACE until Aug.21.2015 as a biller until I discovered that personal bills were being paid out of the business acct, numerous charges for gas in person vehicles, charges from various restaurants at all times throughout the day were being purchased and several ATM cash withdrawals were being made.
I stated my concerns about using Medicaid money for personal gain several different times when they would ask me about it. However, they did it anyway. There was also petty cash in the amount of $200 kept in the safe in Courtney Golden’s office. It came up missing with no receipts. Jo Anna Krohn also continues to give employees cash advances on payroll or paying under the table to Courtney Golden’s son who is 17 yrs. old.”
Collins goes on to state SOLACE held a donation drive for school supplies for children in need. Collins said she’s unsure the amount donated because she never saw a receipt for items purchased.
Collins said after discovering this information she ended her employment with the organization.
“Jo Anna Krohn stated that she had receipts for everything yet she did not understand that it didn’t matter if she had the receipts, it is still fraud if she is using the money for personal gain,” Collins wrote.
For more information about SOLACE programs and activities visit them on Facebook.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Wayne Allen at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or on Twitter at @WayneallenPDT.