Former Sen. Espada wants taxpayer dollars to make ends meet

Former state Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. has reportedly asked a judge to allow him to receive taxpayer money to help with his current financial troubles as he awaits trial on charges that he and his son embezzled money from a Bronx health care facility.

Espada is reportedly claiming that he's having trouble making ends meet, and asked a judge to allow taxpayer dollars, intended to go to Medicaid, to help pay his salary as the head of the Soundview Healthcare Network.

Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they embezzled money from the Soundview Network, using the money to pay for a number of personal expenses, including work and decorations for the condominium in Mamaroneck where Espada lives.

State Sen. Espada, son plead not guilty to embezzlement charges

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