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Ex-NY Sen. Espada Gets Fall Trial Date

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Former New York Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (credit: AP Photo)

Former New York Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (credit: AP Photo)

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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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