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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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Lulaine Compere

graduated from St. John's University in 2007. Since then he has been freelancing for different magazines and newspapers. He also has radio experience when he worked at WBAI (99.5) in New York. Some of the publications he has written for include the Norwood News, a community newspaper, The Bronx News Network, a community website, The Source Magazine, Urban Latino Magazine, Latin Trends Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine and On Wall Street Magazine to name a few.