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Ex-N.Y. Senator Espada to Face New Trial on Theft Charges

June 05, 2012

Pedro Espada Jr., the former New York State Senate majority leader, and his son will face a new trial on charges they stole from nonprofit health-care clinics the elder Espada ran in the Bronx.

A jury convicted Espada on May 14 of four counts of theft, while failing to reach a decision on other counts of theft and conspiracy. Jurors failed to reach a verdict on any of the charges against his son, Pedro Gautier Espada.

“The government is going forward on all counts,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn Pokorny told U.S. District Judge Frederic Block today in Brooklyn, New York.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch accused the Espadas of stealing more than $500,000 from Soundview Healthcare Center, which the elder Espada started in 1978 and which gets more than $1 million a year in federal funding.

The Espadas were charged in December 2010 when the elder Espada was still in the state senate. He had been defeated that September in the Democratic primary for his Bronx seat. The Espadas engaged in several illegal schemes from January 2005 to February 2010, prosecutors said.

The Espadas were tried on eight counts. Five charged them with stealing from Soundview, one count for each year from 2005 through 2009. They were also charged with conspiring to steal from Soundview, to defraud the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and to commit wire fraud. The theft counts carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years.

The case is U.S. v. Espada, 10-cr-985, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

-- Editors: Stephen Farr, Andrew Dunn

To contact the reporter on this story: Tiffany Kary in New York at tkary@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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