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Posted on 12/14/2010 9:25:30 PM PST by Libloather
State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. indicted for embezzlement
By CHUCK BENNETT
Last Updated: 5:49 PM, December 14, 2010
Pedro Espada Jr, the scandal-scarred outgoing state Senate majority leader, was indicted today in Brooklyn federal court for allegedly looting his Bronx health clinic and using the money for lavish meals, Broadway tickets and a downpayment on a Bentley.
The long-expected indictments came months after Espada who stalled state government last year when he bolted from the Democratic to Republican party then back again lost his primary re-election campaign.
Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, are due in court tomorrow to answer the five embezzlement counts and one count of conspiracy that netted them at least $500,000.
"The indictment alleges that funds that could and should have been applied to purchase medical equipment and enhance health care services for an historically under-served population were diverted by the defendants for their personal use and to benefit friends and family members," said US Attorney Lynch.
The both face more 55 years in prison.
Between 2005 and 2009, Espada and son, used the Soundview Healthcare Center, which received about a $1 million a year in federal funds alone, as their personal piggy bang, federal prosecutors charged.
Espada founded the clinic in 1978 and had used it as his political base doling out jobs to friends and political supporters.
Among the charges laid out in the indictment:
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
One of those "No Labelers"?
Espada’s appetite knows no boundaries..........he also spent $20,000 on a sushi order.
EXCERPT State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr.'s Bronx health- care business-----Soundview HealthCare Network ----owes $347,000 in back taxes and will have to revise a 2007 IRS filing that ignored Espada's nearly $460,000 in compensation. Espada, is CEO of Comprehensive Community Development Corp., which runs the Soundview HealthCare Network and receives millions of dollars in state support. Comprehensive Community Development has several tax problems that are prompting the state to review its contracts with the corporation. A tax lien recorded in April shows the corporation owed $185,000 in federal income tax withheld from employees. The organization also owes $73,842 in withheld state income tax. The state Labor Dept filed a tax warrant for $88,463 in unpaid unemployment-insurance taxes.
PEDROS SON A 'NO SHOW'; QUITS STATE JOB
By BRENDAN SCOTT in Albany and DOUGLAS MONTERO and SALLY GOLDENBERG in NY. W/ Liz Sadler and Fredric U. Dicker
EXCERPT The son of state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. will resign from a specially created $120,000-a-year state job as the Senate's "deputy director of intergovernmental relations." AG Cuomo began looking into whether the elder Espada had arranged for the position in violation of state law. State law bans elected officials from participating in "any decision to hire, promote, discipline or discharge a relative" for any paid state position.
The resignation follows The Post's discovery that the younger Espada was MIA from his new state job -- which a source in Cuomo's office said triggered Espadas decision to bail out. Espada was supposed to be working at 250 Broadway, where the state Senate has a suite of offices. But The Post watched him arrive at the Soundview Health Center in The Bronx in his white GMC Yukon at about 10 a.m.
His appearance at the center, where he has worked for eight years -- and where his stepson told The Post Tuesday he was still working -- comes after a source said this week that he hadn't been seen at 250 Broadway. The elder Espada ---a NY state Senator---walked outside the health center and insisted his son was no longer employed at Soundview as "director of environmental care" and was working full-time at his $120,000-a-year state.
When pressed on why his son was in the building, the senator groped for an explanation: "His official date of resignation is when . . . I really don't know. He's cleaning out his personal stuff."
The Post has also learned that the younger Espada is spending time at a home in Connecticut. Neighbors in the posh, leafy community of Fairfield confirmed that Espada lived in a house with his wife and three children and that his white SUV left early each morning and returned late at night. The younger Espada insisted he lives in Westchester, not Connecticut.
These two belong in jail and should have been there years ago. But the criminal enterprise called Albany allows this crap to happen and will take them down only as a political payback.