Ex-NY Sen. Espada Gets Fall Trial Date

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former New York state Senate Democratic leader and his son have a fall trial date for their federal fraud case.

At a brief court hearing on Friday, a Brooklyn judge scheduled jury selection for Sept. 12 in the case against Pedro Espada Jr. and his son, Pedro G. Espada.

An indictment charges them with embezzling more than $500,000 from their federally funded Bronx health clinic. Prosecutors said the senator used the funds to splurge on expensive meals and pony rides for a family birthday party.

Prosecutors reiterated that they also plan to also charge the pair with tax evasion by the end of the month.

The 57-year-old Espada and his son have pleaded not guilty.

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  • john smith

    Go for it Justice. If He is guilty this needs to be like Rangel. The fullest extent of the law.

    • Doris

      But Rangel never got to go to jail… all he did was get re-elected by the morons in his district! These guys need to start going to jail… the preference and elitism these people display makes me sick to my stomach… what makes me even sicker is knowing that if you are a politician or have money, you can get away with murder!!!

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