NY senator charged with embezzling from his clinic

By the Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Pedro Espada Jr. has been at the center of two of the most tumultuous years the two-century-old New York Senate has ever seen, and now faces indictment.

The bold and charismatic Bronx Democrat had plied his way from freshman to majority leader in six months and now stands accused of embezzling state grants he directed to his Bronx health clinic in some New York's poorest neighborhoods.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday indicted the 57-year-old state senator and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, on six charges.

They have been accused of embezzling more than $500,000 from the clinic the senator founded for lavish spending, including a down payment on a $125,000 Bentley and $14,000 in tickets for sports and shows.

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