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N.Y. Lawmaker Espada’s Bail Should Be Revoked, U.S. Says

Former New York legislator Pedro Espada Jr., convicted of embezzlement in Brooklyn, New York, federal court, may still be siphoning money from a Bronx clinic he ran and should have his bail revoked, a prosecutor said.

Espada and his family members “drained” most of the remaining assets of the now-defunct Soundview Healthcare Network in June, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn Pokorny told U.S. District Judge Frederic Block in a letter dated yesterday and unsealed today. A jury convicted Espada on May 14 of four counts of stealing from the Soundview clinics.

On June 29, one of Espada’s sons, Alejandro Espada, distributed more than $350,000 of the clinic’s funds to the family and affiliate companies, according to the letter. About $40,000 of the money went Espada and about $50,000 went to the law firm representing him in the Brooklyn case, Hafetz, Necheles & Rocco, the prosecutor said.

“It is inconceivable that, absent the defendant’s continued involvement in Soundview affairs, the victim of his theft would turn over a significant portion of its final resources to pay the legal fees of the perpetrator of the crime against it,” Pokorny wrote.

Espada was granted release on a $750,000 bond on December 16, 2010, according to court filings. He and his son Pedro Gautier Espada face a new trial in Brooklyn on charges that the jury failed to reach a verdict on in May. The two are also facing a trial in Manhattan on tax charges.

A lawyer for Espada, Susan Necheles, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message and e-mail seeking comment.

The Brooklyn case is U.S. v. Espada, 10-cr-985, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn). The Manhattan case is U.S. v. Espada, 1:12-cr-00235, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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