New York Daily News on April 24, 2012 released the following:
“Federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky slams Espada as a brazen crook who treated his tax-supported health clinic as a personal ‘ATM’
BY JOHN MARZULLI
PEDRO ESPADA JR. kicked back and flipped through a couple of books while a federal prosecutor read him the riot act in closing arguments of his embezzlement trial.
As Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky blasted Espada as an arrogant thief who looted his taxpayer-funded Bronx health clinic, the ex-state senator thumbed through a Bible and “Black Robes White Justice,” a book by Bruce Wright, a controversial judge known for freeing felons.
Espada tuned out as the prosecutor ripped him and son Pedro Gautier Espada for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their Soundview Health Network for dinners, vacations and personal gifts.
“The defendants used (the clinic) as their ATM,” Kaminsky told the jury in Brookyn Federal Court.
The disgraced pol pooh-poohed the rebukes outside court.
“He (Kaminsky) said all the same things in the grand jury,” Espada said. “He’s young and ambitious and he has a long way to go.”
Over the past six weeks, prosecutors presented credit card statements and receipts showing the Espadas billing the clinic for personal expenses.
The bills included a 95-cent biscotti cookie from Starbucks, a lavish Sunday meal of Oysters Rockefeller at a City Island restaurant and a $20,000 family trip to a resort in Puerto Rico for a health conference.
“Pedro Espada’s attitude was, ‘I own Soundview, I built Soundview, I am Soundview. If I want to take from Soundview, who’s going to stop me?'” Kaminsky said.
The clinic even picked up the tab for thousands of dollars in home improvements for his residence in Mamaroneck, Westchester County.
“It’s astounding Pedro Espada had his whole house remodeled and he didn’t know how it happened,” Kaminsky said. “He wants you to think, ‘Were we part of an Extreme Home Makeover that we didn’t know about?'””
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