Pedro Espada Jr. seals corruption trial with a dis, scanning tomes while prosecutor throws book at him

April 25, 2012

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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NY State Senator and Son Indicted for Alleged Fraud Scheme

December 15, 2010

Yesterday a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned an indictment charging Pedro Espada, Jr., a New York State Senator for the 33rd Senatorial District in the Bronx, New York, and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, with five counts of embezzlement from a nonprofit health care network receiving federal funding, and one count of conspiracy. The individuals’ initial appearances are scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m. before United States Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

As detailed in the indictment, from 2005 through 2009, the individuals allegedly abused their positions at Soundview Healthcare Center (Soundview), a network of health care clinics located in the Bronx, through a number of alleged schemes designed to divert Soundview funds to their personal use and for the benefit of favored family members and friends. The total amount allegedly embezzled exceeded $500,000.

Pedro Espada founded Soundview in 1978 as a charitable not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Soundview receives more than $1 million per year in federal grant money from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as millions of dollars more in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

If convicted, the individuals face a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment on each of the embezzlement counts and five years’ imprisonment for conspiracy, as well as a fine of $250,000 on each count of conviction. Because Pedro Espada is a state senator, and therefore considered a public official, his sentence may be more severe than his son’s.

It is also important to keep in mind that an indictment merely contains allegations. When the government presents its case to the grand jury, legally they are not required to show any evidence or call any witnesses. Further, there is no opportunity for the accused individual(s) to present a defense. Unfortunately, the grand jury hears only one side of the story before granting an indictment.

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