From the NY Post:
Federal prosecutors announced today that they plan to bring new tax evasion charges against former New York state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr., who already is awaiting trial after being accused of corruption.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen Kavanaugh said the government plans to seek a new, expanded indictment from a grand jury to charge the Bronx Democrat with the tax crimes.
The prosecutors announced their decision during a hearing in Brooklyn federal court, where they also detailed the mountain of evidence they have collected against the former senator.
The evidence came from FBI warrant searches at Espada's health care firm, and includes "voluminous materials" - including 90 boxes containing "hundreds of thousands of documents," that prosecutors have already made available to defense attorneys, Kavanaugh said.
The prosecutors also told Judge Frederic Block that the government has additional evidence such as e-mails, computer hard drives, and even more paperwork seized during the raids.
"We anticipate turning over hundreds of thousands of more" documents to defense attorneys, Kavanaugh said.
Prosecutors informed the judge that they plan to offer Espada, 56, and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, 35, plea deals that would require them to admit wrongdoing in exchange for reduced sentences.