Federal prosecutors piled more criminal charges on former Bronx State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. and his son, Pedro Gaultier Espada, last night, as first reported by Capitol Tonight’s State of Politics blog. The two were charged with using a for-profit janitorial services company to bilk money from Espada’s nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network. Father and son already are already facing charges of the embezzling money from the health care clinics that Espada founded in 1978.
Both have pleaded not guilty to the previous charges and will be arraigned on the new charges, Jan. 25. For the past several months, Espada and his supporters have been fighting the government’s efforts to deny Soundview from receiving Medicaid funding, its primary source of income. Espada was ousted from his seat in the Bronx’s 33rd District in 2010 by Gustavo Rivera.