Pedro Espada Charged With Embezzling From NYC Clinic

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York and federal authorities on Tuesday indicted a high-ranking state senator and his son on six charges that they embezzled more than $500,000 from their New York City health clinic for lavish spending, including Br…

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York and federal authorities on Tuesday indicted a high-ranking state senator and his son on six charges that they embezzled more than $500,000 from their New York City health clinic for lavish spending, including Broadway shows, a down payment on a Bentley automobile, and a pony for a birthday party.

Democrat Sen. Pedro Espada, the Senate majority leader who lost his fall re-election bid, and his son Pedro Gautier Espada are accused of taking money from Comprehensive Community Development Corp., a federally funded not-for-profit in the Bronx known as Soundview, which the senator founded 30 years ago.

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