Cuomo suit accuses Espada of sham training program

(AP) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo hasagain sued state Sen. Pedro Espada, claiming he and his son areviolating state labor laws and shortchanging workers through a shamjob training program.

The suit says the senator and Pedro G. Espada created afor-profit management company to siphon money from their nonprofithealth centers in the Bronx. Cuomo says company workers aremislabeled as trainees, who get little training and are paid lessthan the law requires, some about $1.70 an hour.

The state minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Cuomo says Wednesday that at least 100 workers have beenvictimized since 2005.

Espada faces a related Cuomo lawsuit that claims he looted $14million from his government-funded Soundview clinic. He has calledallegations baseless.

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