Monday, March 28th 2011, 8:11 PM
The feds unsealed a superceding indictment Monday charging ex-Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. and his son with tax evasion.
He, and son Pedro Gautier Espada, were also hit with a new wire fraud charge in connection with a bid-rigging scheme to win a janitorial contract.
Pedro Espada Jr. is accused of filing personal tax returns in which he under-reported his income in the years 2005-2007.
His son is charged with filing falsified corporate returns for the janitorial service in 2004-2005, according to the indictment filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Both men are free on $750,000 bail and will likely be arraigned on the new indictment next week.
They are accused of stealing more than $550,000 from Soundview Medical Center coffers to pay for expensive dinners, tickets to Broadway shows and and sports events and a downpayment on a Bentley.
Federal prosecutors indicated the government will seek forfeiture of the Espadas' ill-gotten profits if they are convicted.Pedro Gautier Espada's lawyer declined to comment. Pedro Espada Jr.'s lawyer could not immediately be reached.