New charges filed against ex-state Sen. Espada, sonPosted: Updated:
Former state Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-N.Y.) and his son are facing new charges in their federal fraud case.
Prosecutors announced today that the two men have been indicted for allegedly filing false tax returns. The Espadas have already been charged with embezzling more than $500,000 in federal funding from the Soundview Health Clinic.
Officials have accused the former lawmaker of using the stolen money to splurge on fine dining and pony rides for a family birthday party.
Espada, 57, and his son have both pleaded not guilty. Jury selection for their federal court trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 12.
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