Pedro Espada Jr., the lawmaker from ex-New York convicted earlier this year embezzling money from the nonprofit Bronx clinic network he founded, is expected to plead guilty Friday to the remaining charges stemming from a long-running corruption investigation, says The New York Times.
A former state senator who briefly served as that body’s majority leader, Mr. Espada was found guilty in May of stealing more than $400,000 from Soundview Health Center, but the jury deadlocked on additional theft counts, prompting prosecutors to seek a retrial. He also faced separate tax-evasion charges.
A source with knowledge of the matter told the Times that Mr. Espada and his son and co-defendant, Pedro G. Espada, would both plead guilty in Federal District Court in Brooklyn and would resolve all remaining against them. The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn and a lawyer for the elder Mr. Espada declined to comment.
The former senator, who founded Soundview in 1978 and ran it until his conviction, had remained defiant throughout the investigation and prosecution, maintaining his innocence and calling the investigation was politically motivated.