Cuomo Files Suit Against Espada
April 20th, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has been charged with raiding $14 million from his non-profit Soundview Health Clinic to pay for campaign literature, sushi dinners, family vacations and a massive severance package. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office filed a civil suit in Manhattan Supreme Court. Soundview receives taxpayer money to provide health care to the underprivileged.
“Taxpayer money was given to this not-for-profit to provide healthcare services to underprivileged patients, but our investigation has found the funds flowed into the pockets of Senator Espada and his supporters,” Cuomo said.
Espada also allegedly stacked the Soundview board with his friends and relatives. Nineteen current and former Soundview officials were also named in the suit.
Espada is charged with spending $80,000 of Soundview’s money on meals for his supporters. Granting himself a $9 million severance package. Securing his son a janitorial contract. Spending $100,000 on campaign literature and racking up $450,000 in charges on his a Soundview provided American Express card.
The Gazette conducted an interview with Espada last year in the clinic.By David King on April 20, 2010, 1:07 pm
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