Former Brooklyn pol acquitted on charges of conspiracy, fraud — mistrial on three other counts
Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny was acquitted on charges of conspiracy, health care fraud and scheming to defraud the state Thursday after a months-long trial and a week of jury deliberations in Manhattan. Judge Maxwell Wiley declared a mistrial on three of the eight counts Brook-Krasny was accused of — all for commercial bribery in the second degree — meaning the former politician could be tried again.
Brook-Krasny, who represented a district spanning from Bay Ridge to Coney Island, was on trial with two others for their roles in a pill-pushing ring that allegedly flooded Brooklyn’s streets with more than 6.3 million pills. Brook-Krasny served in the New York State Assembly from 2006 to 2015, before resigning to take a job in the private sector, working at a laboratory clinic in Sheepshead Bay.
All the charges Brook-Krasny was acquitted on were felony charges. The commercial bribery charges that resulted in a hung jury were all misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors will decide whether or not they will retry Brook-Krasny by September 25, the next court date, according to a spokesperson for the special narcotics prosecutor.
He was indicted in 2017 his alleged role in a Brooklyn pill mill ring that defrauded and billed Medicare and Medicaid for millions by submitting patients to unnecessary tests. Doctors at three Brooklyn clinics convinced patients to submit to the tests by prescribing them with unnecessary oxycodone that the patients often sold later on the black market.