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Jailbound-Pedro Espada kid blames pop - says dad pressured him into stealing from Bronx charity

New York Post
by Selim Algar and Jeane Macintosh
June 19, 2013

He says his daddy made him do it.

The son of disgraced ex-state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. blamed his father for pressuring him into participating in the looting of their Soundview Healthcare nonprofit as a judge yesterday sentenced him to prison time.

“Over the past year, we have been at odds, as he wanted to fight this,” Pedro Gautier Espada, 39, whined as he was sentenced to six months in the big house ­ and an additional six months in his own home on a monitor.

“I wanted to take responsibility and move forward with my life,” Espada told Judge Frederic Block during the Brooklyn federal court hearing.

But the judge, who last week sentenced Espada’s dad to five years in a federal pen, wasn’t buying the sob story.

“He engaged in the same criminal activity that his father did. He didn’t have to do that,” Block noted.

Younger Espada, Like His Father, Is Sentenced for Theft From Bronx Center

New York Times
by Mosi Secret
June 18, 2013

Pedro Gautier Espada, the former lawmaker who was charged with his father, Pedro Espada Jr., in a scheme to steal from a nonprofit health network, was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison and six months of home confinement.

During the hearing in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Mr. Espada, 39, sought to distance himself from the crimes of his father, who was sentenced last week to five years in prison after being found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Soundview Health Center in the Bronx.

After a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of the younger Mr. Espada, who had served on the City Council and in the State Assembly, he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of lying on his taxes and one misdemeanor count of stealing federal funds.

Mr. Espada said that he had been ready for his legal ordeal to end long before his father was. “Over the course of the last year, obviously we have been at odds, as he wanted to fight this more and I wanted to take responsibility and move forward with my life,” he said.

Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. slapped with 5-year prison sentence

New York Post
by Josh Saul
June 15, 2013

There’s no lobster where he’s going.

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. ­ who looted his taxpayer-funded Bronx nonprofit to pay for lavish meals and a fancy car ­ was slapped with five years in prison yesterday after refusing to apologize for his crimes.

“There’s no question that Mr. Espada’s sense of entitlement and arrogance grew over the years and he treated Soundview [Healthcare Network] as his personal piggy bank,” fumed Brooklyn federal Judge Frederic Block.

In addition to the jail term, the former state Senate majority leader must cough up more than $736,000 in fines and $118,531 in taxes ­ although Block doubted whether the scammer would ever pay up.

“I don’t think he has a lot of money,” Block said.

Espada, dressed in a natty blue suit and cuff links, seemed anxious to have his wife witness his final disgrace, asking family members in the gallery before his sentencing hearing started, “Where’s Connie? Where’s Connie?”

Told she was on her way, he said, “Save her a seat.”

At one point, Block did give Espada credit for at least one thing: pampering his wife.

Espada Sentenced to 5 Years for Stealing From Nonprofit

New York Times
By Mosi Secret
June 14, 2013

In his final hours of freedom on Friday, Pedro Espada Jr. fought the way he has for years, crying foul against his perceived persecutors, knocking his accusers with accusations of his own and eschewing all blame. It was a dizzying spectacle that constantly surprised and somehow, once again, landed him in trouble.

During a two-hour sentencing hearing in a packed courtroom, Mr. Espada, a Democrat who represented the Bronx in the State Senate, made a last-ditch effort to introduce evidence that he said proved that he had been wronged, and that the sentencing judge was guilty of misconduct. After dismissing the allegations, the judge, Frederic Block, sentenced him to five years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a health care network he ran.

The sentence was supposed to bring an end to a case that had become one of the most notorious examples of corruption in Albany. But instead, Mr. Espada found himself the target of another investigation, as Judge Block asked the United States attorney to review his most recent conduct.

Then Judge Block ordered Mr. Espada directly to jail, denying him the days that he usually provides to defendants to get their affairs in order.

“I can’t trust him,” Judge Block said in Federal District Court in Brooklyn.

Pedro Espada Jr. sentenced to 5 years in prison, $850,000 in fines and community service

New York Daily News
by John Marzulli
June 14, 2013

The former state senator’s story is now one of rags to riches to prison ­-- and disgrace. He was sentenced to federal prison for plundering a nonprofit and to pay $368,088 in forfeiture, $368,087.43 in restitution and $118,531 to the IRS. He also has to serve 100 hours of community service.

Pedro Espada Jr.’s rags to-stolen riches story of a homeless teen, who goes from riding the subways to serving as one of the most powerful Democrats in the state senate, came to a crashing end Friday with a judge sentencing him to five years in federal prison for plundering a nonprofit.

Brooklyn Judge Frederic Block also ordered him to pay $368,088 in forfeiture, $368,087.43 in restitution and $118,531 to the IRS. He also has to serve 100 hours of community service.

The judge credited Espada’s good deeds in the past, but embraced the government’s characterization that he is “arrogant” and used his nonprofit as a “piggy bank.”

Block ordered U.S. Marshals to take Espada into custody immediately, refusing to grant him the courtesy of self-surrendering at a later date.

Prosecutors Seek Seven Years for Espada

Wall Street Journal
by Sean Gardiner
June 10, 2013

Prosecutors are seeking a minimum seven-year sentence for a former powerful Bronx politician who was convicted last year of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from not-for-profit healthcare clinics and filing false tax returns.

A prison sentence for Pedro Espada, Jr., 59 years old, of “at least 84 months is necessary to reflect the gravity of Espada’s offense and to promote respect for the law,” according to the prosecution’s sentencing recommendation, submitted to Brooklyn federal court judge Frederic Block on Friday.

Earlier this month, Mr. Espada’s then-attorneys asked the judge in their sentencing recommendation to impose a sentence of probation, saying the politician should be credited for the past 33 years spent “advocating for the rights of children, families, the indigent, the underrepresented and especially the medically underserved” in the Bronx.

“Although Mr. Espada can never again serve as a legislator, he can still… serve his community through redemptive measures,” the letter states.

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada set for sentencing on embezzlement charges

New York Daily News
by John Marzulli
May 29, 2013

The crooked state senator from the Bronx was convicted of stealing $400,000 from his nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. has tried --­ and failed ­-- to delay his sentencing by changing lawyers yet again.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block on Wednesday rejected the disgraced Bronx Democrat’s bid for a 30-day adjournment so he could hire a new legal mouthpiece.

Espada, who faces up to 10 years in prison, is due to be sentenced June 14 for embezzling more than $400,000 from his nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network. He was convicted by a federal jury more than a year ago, and in October pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges that the jury had deadlocked on.

Espada and his son Pedro Gautier Espada, who also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, had a February sentencing date postponed after they parted ways with their trial lawyers. But the elder Espada’s legal team sought to stop the clock Wednesday by citing an unspecified “conflict of interest” that has arisen with the client.

'Espada's Law' takes aim at all piggy pols

New York Post
by Erik Kriss
October 26, 2012

ALBANY --­ Add poster boy to disgraced ex-state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.’s résumé.

A new bill, dubbed “Espada’s Law,” would make it a crime for any pol to repeatedly fail to file required campaign-contribution and expense reports, as was the case with Espada.

The Bronx Democrat ­ who’s headed to the pokey for up to seven years after pleading guilty to tax-fraud charges in connection with looting the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network he founded ­ had nearly $400,000 in campaign accounts at last count.

Espada campaign fines case shows flaws, critics say

Albany Times Union
Missed filing deadlines, as noted in ex-senator's case, may not matter
by Rick Karlin
October 20, 2012

Albany -- Disgraced former Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. is leaving a lot of financial damage in his wake.

Not only did the Bronx lawmaker plead guilty to tax evasion in connection with the theft of more than $400,000 from the health care center he created back in 1978, Espada also owes more than $30,000 in fines for campaign finance law violations, said John Conklin, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections.

Few expect Espada or his campaign officials to make good on the back fines. Critics say it's just one example of how the state fails to adequately police those who abuse campaign finance laws.

Actually, Espada himself isn't on the hook for the penalties, since the campaign treasurers are ultimately responsible.

The end of the road for Pedro Espada

New York Daily News
His thievery was abetted by Democrats and Republicans alike
Opinion
October 14, 2012

New York’s most slippery politician, the brazen Pedro Espada, has finally admitted what the world figured out years ago: He’s a shameless crook.

Back in May ­ after a trial that featured Espada’s associates showing up in red outfits to ward off “evil spirits” ­ the former state Senate majority leader was convicted of looting Medicaid money from his Soundview health clinics.

But the jury deadlocked on several more counts against him as well as on all charges against his son, Pedro Gauthier Espada, leaving a lot of loose ends for prosecutors.

Espada Thuggery

Why is Pedro Espada and his in-house thug Norreida Reyes trying to shut down this site? Many Democrats won't acknowledge that Espada is more like them than they would like to admit.

Was Espada's use of government staff in an effort to shut down this web site illegal?

Espada's staff has a problem with the site

Espada's intimidation continues

Espada's cronies confused

ISP Responds to Espada and Norreida Reyes attempt to quash Free Speech

This Doesn't pass the Giggle Test: She calls this site "hate speech"

And with that, we haven't heard a peep from Espada or Ms. Reyes for many months. Perhaps more pressing issues took precedence, like keeping her job now that Pedro Espada is headed to obscurity.

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