Pedro Espada Jr., a longtime Bronx politician who briefly served as majority leader of the New York State Senate, was found guilty Monday of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the network of community health centers he founded, The New York Times reports.
A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for two weeks before convicting Mr. Espada on four counts of theft. The panel was unable to reach a verdict on four additional counts of theft, fraud, and conspiracy and also deadlocked on all charges against the former senator’s son and co-defendant, Pedro G. Espada.
Prosecutors said the guilty verdicts covered $448,000 worth of lavish meals, luxury cars, family parties, and other personal expenses Pedro Espada Jr. charged over the years to Soundview Health Center, the nonprofit clinic group he launched in 1978 to serve poor Bronx neighborhoods. He faces up to 10 years on each of the four counts.