NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate Democratic leader and his son are due at a pre-trial hearing in New York City.

Pedro Espada Jr. and his son Pedro G. Espada are charged in a federal fraud indictment. They are accused of embezzling more than $500,000 from their federally funded Bronx health clinic.

The hearing is scheduled in Brooklyn federal court on Friday.

Espada and his son have pleaded not guilty.

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