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

Democratic state Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that they embezzled money from their Bronx-based health care center.

State Sen. Espada, who represents parts of the Bronx, allegedly used the accounts of the Soundview Healthcare Center, a center which he founded, to pay for a number of personal expenses, including work and decorations for the controversial condo in Mamaroneck where he lives. Officials say he also used the money for a $20,000 sushi bill at Toyo Sushi in downtown Mamaroneck and a birthday party for a family member, which included pony rides.

He was the majority leader in the state Senate, but lost the post yesterday following his indictment. Espada also lost a primary race to run for re-election in September.

State Sen. Espada loses majority leader title following indictment

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