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The Espadas' Embezzlement Trial Set

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Ex-lawmaker Pedro Espada Jr. is preparing for a federal trial on embezzlement charges this week in New York.

Espada and his son are accused of pilfering state grants directed to the Soundview Health Center to pay for tickets for Broadway shows, a down payment on a Bentley and a birthday party pony, among other things. Prosecutors say the spending of more than $500,000 also included tickets for sporting events and concerts, posh restaurant tabs and a petting zoo.

Espada has described the indictment by the U.S. attorney's office and then-state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as a political "witch hunt." The charges ultimately cost him his state Senate seat.

Meanwhile, the beleaguered Bronx health care clinics he founded are fighting to stay open to serve some of New York's poorest neighborhoods.

 

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Barbara Akowuah is a native New Yorker and aspiring Journalist and Entrepreneur. Barbara was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and has also resided in Queens, New York and Baltimore, Maryland. Barbara has a B.A. in History from the City University of New York-Queens College. Among other things Barbara is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and has written numerous articles for various publications. In her spare time she enjoys, writing, music, and sports.