Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Son of ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. gets 6 months in prison for corruption scheme

Pedro G. Espada, 39, will also get six months of house arrest after his release from prison for cheating on his taxes and stealing from a Bronx nonprofit.

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Pedro G. Espada was found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Soundview Healthcare Network founded by disgraced former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr.

The repentant son of disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for cheating on his taxes and stealing from a Bronx nonprofit.
Pedro G. Espada, 39, also will serve six months of house arrest after his release.
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Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was defiant right up to the end regarind hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from a healthcare nonprofit he helped create. He will spend five years in prison after being convicted of corruption and tax evasion.

KIRSTEN LUCE/NYT

Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was defiant right up to the end regarind hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from a healthcare nonprofit he helped create. He will spend five years in prison after being convicted of corruption and tax evasion.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block grappled with the dysfunctional dynamic of Espada, depicted by his lawyer as a son lacking the backbone to stand up to his charismatic father.
“He (Espada) helped himself to a lot of monies; he didn't have to do it,” Block said. “That sticks in my craw.”
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Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. allegedly splurged on Broadway tickets and lobster dinners using money he pilfered from a Bronx nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. allegedly splurged on Broadway tickets and lobster dinners using money he pilfered from a Bronx nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

The hefty Espada stood before the judge in stark contrast to his remorseless seafood-loving father who got five years behind bars last week. The father and son siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Soundview Healthcare Network the elder Espada founded in 1981.
With his younger brother Alejandro and wife, Lourdes, looking on Tuesday, Espada’s voice broke as he addressed the judge. “Not a day goes by without immense regret for the way things were done at Soundview,” he said.
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The former city councilman and state assemblyman also must pay the IRS $15,628.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/son-disgraced-espada-6-months-prison-article-1.1376348#ixzz2Wfau6VN2
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