Cuomo suit accuses Espada of sham training program

By By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has again sued state Sen. Pedro Espada, claiming he and his son are violating state labor laws and shortchanging workers through a sham job training program.

The suit says the senator and Pedro G. Espada created a for-profit management company to siphon money from their nonprofit health centers in the Bronx. Cuomo says company workers are mislabeled as trainees, who get little training and are paid less than the law requires, some about $1.70 an hour.

The state minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Cuomo says Wednesday that at least 100 workers have been victimized since 2005.

Espada faces a related Cuomo lawsuit that claims he looted $14 million from his government-funded Soundview clinic. He has called allegations baseless.

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