Over the past few years Americans have seen their fare share of corruption amongst politicians and financiers alike, but the way Senator Pedro Espada and his son tricked off public funds is just plain coonery.
Between 2005 and 2009, Espada and his son used the Soundview Health Center, which received about a $1 million a year in federal funds alone, as their personal piggy bank, the indictment charged, echoing The Post’s revelations.
* Espada and his family charged $100,000 on Soundview’s corporate American Express card for pricey meals in restaurants across Westchester, Broadway shows like “Mamma Mia,” “Jersey Boys” and “Mary Poppins,” Yankees and Mets tickets and Kenny G and NE-YO concerts.
* Espada’s son rigged a Soundview contract bid so his family-owned janitorial company would win it at an inflated price, as The Post first disclosed.
* The two used the for-profit janitorial firm, Comprehensive Community Development Corp., to pay for his campaign headquarters, political mailers and even pony rides and a petting zoo outing for a family member’s birthday party.
* Espada attempted to use a $49,000 check from the Development Corporation to make a down payment on a new Bentley. When his financing was denied because the dealership considered him too risky, he used the corporation’s money to pay a credit-repair firm to improve his score.
To make matters worse this fool is trying to actually FIGHT these claims saying he and his son are innocent of any wrong-doing. Yeah, ok homie, let us know how that “innocent” routine works out for you.