Feds: Pedro Espada may have withheld pay

New York Daily News
by John Marzulli
February 17, 2012

Indicted ex-state senator Pedro Espada Jr. may have withheld severance pay from a former employee of his Bronx health clinic until the government revealed whether she would testify at his upcoming corruption trial, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Maria Cruz, a longtime employee of Soundview Healthcare Network until she was terminated last October, was owed $10,000 in vacation and sick leave, prosecutors said in a letter to Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block.

Soundview keeps the money spigot switched on

Capital Confidential
by Casey Seiler
February 17, 2012

Acting Supreme Court Judge Fernando Tapia has issued a stay preventing the state Department of Health and Office of Medicaid Inspector General from cutting off Soundview, former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.’s Bronx health care entity, from Medicaid funds.

The stay enjoins DOH, OMIG and the Office of Health Insurance Programs “from contacting, transferring, or convincing Soundview’s patients and informing them that … it will no longer be participating in the New York Medicaid program,” at least until a scheduled hearing on March 5.

Feds: Espada may have withheld severance pay from Soundview worker

New York Daily News
Ex-state senator apparently stalled to see if she would testify against him
by John Marzulli
February 17, 2012

Indicted ex-state senator Pedro Espada Jr. may have withheld severance pay from a former employee of his Bronx health clinic until the government revealed whether she would testify at his upcoming corruption trial, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Pedro stole ‘expense’ funds: feds

New York Post
by Mitchel Maddux
February 15, 2012

The feds yesterday accused Pedro Espada of trying to pass off personal expenses he paid for with embezzled funds as tax-deductible business expenditures.

In a letter to the judge handling the corruption case against the former state Senate majority leader, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Espada used money stolen from his taxpayer-financed Soundview Healthcare clinics to rent a vacation villa in Puerto Rico, later classifying the “multi-thousand dollar expense” as “legal fees” on a corporate tax return.

After Espada threw a birthday party for a family member and used Soundview money “to pay a woman to videotape the party,” he described the payment as a business fee to a “consultant service,” the prosecutors said.

Other “intentionally” mislabeled uses of corporate funds included thousands of dollars spent on campaign mailings . . . thousands of dollars for spa treatments for Espada, his wife and daughters-in-law, and thousands spent on improvements to his home in Mamaroneck, prosecutors wrote.

Espada a mooch to the very end

New York Post
Still $queezing Bx. clinic
by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
February 12, 2012

Pedro Espada is still leeching off his Soundview Health Center even in its dying days.

The former state senator, about to face trial on charges of looting the clinics, continues to show up at the Bronx facilities --­ and collect his outsize salary --­ despite a judge’s stern suggestion to stay away, a source told The Post.

A Soundview spokeswoman insisted Espada has had “no association” with the clinics since December. But both Espada and his son Pedro Gautier Espada have been seen at the centers, sources said.

Espada's lawyers accuse federal prosecutors of misconduct

by Jessica Dye
February 9, 2012

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors irrevocably tainted the case against former New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr by "brazenly" seizing and searching computer records well outside the scope of a warrant, lawyers for the embattled ex-politician said in court papers Wednesday.

Espada's attorneys filed a motion seeking a hearing before U.S. District Judge Frederic Block into alleged misconduct by the Brooklyn federal prosecutors' office, and asking for relief including possible dismissal of the 18-count indictment against Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, both of whom prosecutors have accused in connection with an alleged scheme to embezzle $100,000 from Soundview Healthcare Network, which Espada founded in 1978 to operate health-care facilities in the Bronx.

Prosecutors raise conflict questions over Espada's lawyer

by Jessica Dye
February 7, 2012

NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors have requested a probe into whether a lawyer for former New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr is able to provide unbiased representation in light of her ties to the company from which Espada is accused of embezzling more than $100,000.

In a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Frederic Block, attorneys from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York said Espada attorney Susan Necheles had "several significant conflicts of interest" that may interfere with her ability to represent Espada in his upcoming trial.

Espada, a Democrat who previously represented the Bronx in the New York Senate, and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, have both been charged in an 18-count indictment in connection with what prosecutors say was a scheme to siphon more than $100,000 in federal funds from Soundview Healthcare Network, a nonprofit health-care network that Espada founded in 1978.

Prosecutors:Pedro Espada case not political

New York Daily News
by John Marzulli
February 07, 2012

Federal prosecutors are trying to shut down several wacky escape routes ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada may try to use to weasel out of corruption charges at his trial next month.

The feds are asking Brooklyn Judge Frederic Block to preclude Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, from arguing that the case against them is part of a political vendetta.

Espada: I’ll pass on deal

New York Post
by Mitchell Maddux
January 26, 2012

Former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. pleaded not guilty yesterday to the latest round of charges filed against him, and insisted he would not take a plea deal.

Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, are scheduled to stand trial in March on a wide range of corruption charges related to allegations they looted the former senator’s Bronx health clinic to pay for lavish meals, Broadway tickets and a $49,000 down payment on a Bentley.

Espada, Arraigned In Court, “Absolutely Ready” For His Corruption Case

City and State
by Andrew J. Hawkins
January 25, 2012

Ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada and his son Pedro G. Espada were arraigned in federal court today on charges they stole money from their Soundview health clinic to pay for their lavish lifestyle.

Federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment today, adding two additional charges of creating false documents. Both Espadas pled not guilty to the charges.

Leaving the courthouse in Brooklyn this evening, Espada said he felt good about his case, and was confident that he and his son would be vindicated.

Espada Thuggery

Why is Pedro Espada and his in-house thug Norreida Reyes trying to shut down this site? Many Democrats won't acknowledge that Espada is more like them than they would like to admit.

Was Espada's use of government staff in an effort to shut down this web site illegal?

Espada's staff has a problem with the site

Espada's intimidation continues

Espada's cronies confused

ISP Responds to Espada and Norreida Reyes attempt to quash Free Speech

This Doesn't pass the Giggle Test: She calls this site "hate speech"

And with that, we haven't heard a peep from Espada or Ms. Reyes for many months. Perhaps more pressing issues took precedence, like keeping her job now that Pedro Espada is headed to obscurity.

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