Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pedro a ‘shade’ baffled

Last Updated: 6:45 AM, April 19, 2012

Posted: 12:39 AM, April 19, 2012

He was a powerful state senator and boss of a multimillion-dollar Bronx non-profit — but Pedro Espada Jr. couldn’t be expected to know whether window shades his wife put on the company credit card were a “personal” or “business” expense.

That was the argument in Brooklyn federal court yesterday as Espada’s lawyer tried to blame Soundview Healthcare Network accountants for recording personal purchases Espada made on Soundview’s American Express card as business-related expenses.

Espada’s wife, Connie, had used the card to buy $2,111 in Hunter Douglas shades that were delivered to their Westchester home, evidence at Espada’s embezzlement trial shows.

PEDRO ESPADA JR. - Blames accountants.
PEDRO ESPADA JR.
Blames accountants.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/pedro_shade_baffled_lNwsdnU7NPOYjMyHEhzM9L#ixzz1sUCeCNzy

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