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Feds raid NY state senator's Bronx clinic

By By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities have raided a government-funded clinic run by state Senate majority leader Pedro Espada Jr., a day after New York's attorney general accused him of siphoning money from it.

About a dozen FBI and IRS agents appeared Wednesday at the Soundview Healthcare Network in the Bronx.

They removed items from a large storage container behind the building. They also stacked boxes on the grass, leafing through their contents and writing notes.

Espada's representative declined comment.

FBI spokesman Jim Margolin said only that the search was part of an ongoing investigation.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a lawsuit accusing Espada of siphoning $14 million from the clinic. It said the money was used for lavish restaurant meals, trips to Las Vegas and Espada's campaign.

Espada called it a litany of falsehoods.

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