New York state senator is charged with embezzling

Pedro Espada, son are accused of taking $50,000 from a a not-for-profit healthcare clinic the senator founded


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Associated Press
December 15, 2010 4:45AM (UTC)

New York and federal authorities say a state senator and his son have been indicted on six charges that they embezzled more than $500,000 from a New York City health clinic the senator founded.

Democrat Pedro Espada, 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 known as Soundview.

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Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says they could face up to 10 years in prison on each of five embezzlement charges, five years for the single conspiracy count and fines of $250,000 on each.

The indictment by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn follows a joint state-federal investigation.

Espada didn't immediately return a request for comment.


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