Pedro Espada Expected To Plead Guilty To Remaining Charge In Embezzlement Case
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Disgraced former New York State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from the embezzlement case against him, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported Thursday.
The former lawmaker was already convicted on some charges for allegedly stealing $400,000 from the low-income health care network he founded in the Bronx.
WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports
Espada’s son is also expected to plead guilty on similar charges on Friday, WCBS 880’s Cornell reported.
The father and son also face tax evasion charges in Manhattan.
The ex-lawmaker used to run the Soundview Health Center, which is now called the Stevenson Family Health Center in the Bronx.
In May, he was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the agency.
In court documents, federal prosecutors say when Stevenson bought what was left of Espada’s operation, Espada ended up collecting a $40,000 check for himself and another $104,000 for a janitorial company he controlled.
At the time, prosecutors said that violated a court order barring Espada from participating in the business.
The elder Espada already faces up to 10 years in prison on the jury conviction for embezzlement.
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