Disgraced State Sen. Majority leader Pedro Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, were indicted yesterday in Brooklyn federal court for looting more than $500,000 from his Bronx clinic from 2005 until 2009.
“Pedro Espada and his son spent years secretly siphoning money from healthcare clinics in order to fund Espada’s lavish lifestyle,” State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “Taxpayer funds meant for the sick and poor were instead used for Broadway shows, fancy meals …”
Espada, 56, who was ousted at the polls in November, and his 36-year-old son, also are accused of setting up several not-for-profits to steer funds from the Soundview Health Clinic. If convicted they face up to 10 years in prison for each of the five embezzlement counts and up to five years for the conspiracy charge.
The clinic, which the Espadas founded as a not-for-profit in 2005, received more than $1 million annually in state and federal funds.
In an email, defense attorney Susan R. Necheles said her clients “deny any wrongdoing.”
She added: “Soundview has provided high quality health care to thousands of families, children and senior citizens in the Bronx. Today is a sad day for Soundview and a sad day for the Espada family."