Money issues follow head of University Village nursing home

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – University Village is not the first retirement community where John Bartle has had money issues. Bartle, according to state documents, is the head honcho of TR & SNF, Inc., the company that owns the nursing home at University Village.

Prior to Bartle taking over University Village, court records show he was the go-to guy at Skyline Manor, a retirement community in Nebraska. According to bankruptcy records, in 2011 a company called Oxford Finance loaned Skyline $11 million. A year after the loans were made, Skyline defaulted. Oxford says Bartle and Skyline admitted diverting $758 thousand per month. Bartle says Oxford diverted money from Skyline but took no responsibility.

Ron Rodriguez represents Arvon Funding/Gordon Food Service, a company trying to collect a $160 thousand in debt from the University Village nursing home.

“In looking over court documents, it appears that Mr. Bartle, which is one of the principals, has gone through his own personal bankruptcy. I believe there is a multi-million dollar judgment against him or was against him by the Internal Revenue Service,” Rodriguez said.

Indeed, in Indiana a U.S. court found John Bartle failed to pay to the government more than $7.5 million in taxes that were withheld from employees’ wages. And that’s not all. According to court documents, Bartle intentionally concealed over $1 million in income in violation of a court order requiring him to submit monthly sworn statements of his income.

Bartle says all of his tax matters were settled in 2008.

“There appears to be lots of debts that are not being satisfied. I read another court document that over $500 thousand in pharmaceutical products from my particular debtor had not been paid, and these are medicines for the residents there,” Rodriguez said.

Bartle indicated that he would respond today but has not. In September, he told 8 On Your Side that Florida’s insurance commissioner was scheming against the owners and it would all come out in court. Florida’s Office of Insurance regulation released two pages of litigation actions that are currently pending regarding Westport Holdings, Tampa Llc and/or BVM Management and/or TR & SNF and/or other affiliates that the OIR is aware of and is either involved in or monitoring.

Among them, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration is trying to revoke the license of the University Village nursing home.  The insurance regulation office also denied the acquisition for IMH Healthcare as the general manager of Westport Holdings to be the operator of University Village. Bartle also sent an email to Ron Rodriguez stating he has lawyers monitoring what Rodriguez says to News Channel 8.  He apparently has money for lawyers but not to pay bills or refund clients.

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