Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Pedro Espada Jr., the New York state Senate’s Democratic majority leader, was indicted with his son on charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from nonprofit health-care clinics in the Bronx section of New York City.
From 2005 through 2009, Espada, 57, and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, 37, abused their positions at Soundview Healthcare Center in the Bronx, which gets more than $1 million a year in federal funding, according to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn, where the case was filed in federal court.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters yesterday, called Espada’s case “one of the more outrageous abuses of public office.” Cuomo, a Democrat who will become governor in January, said he couldn’t leave the attorney general’s office “on a better note.”
“He was looting Soundview to pay for a lavish lifestyle,” Cuomo said. “It was really an obnoxious abuse of the taxpayer.”