SOLACE and Krohn work towards agreement

The case against SOLACE (Surviving Our Loss And Continuing Everyday) founder JoAnna Krohn was scheduled to continue Thursday.

The case continued behind closed doors as one court official said they were working on an agreement.

SOLACE is seeking a restraining order against Krohn and her son, Blake Crabtree.

The case had been brought before Scioto County Court of Common Pleas Judge Howard H. Harcha, III, shortly after the case was scheduled to continue it was announced the court would not convene.

The court would not convene because lawyers from both sides were working on an agreement, which would settle the case.

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).

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.

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.”

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 can not comment until there is some kind of legal action taken by the state.”

It was not made clear by the court, when an agreement would be reached, only that it would be available when filed with the Scioto County Clerk of Courts.

For more information about SOLACE programs and activities visit them on Facebook.

By Wayne Allen

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Wayne Allen at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or on Twitter at @WayneallenPDT.