Saturday, January 15, 2011

Party's over for Pedro

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.


Anonymous said...

is not democrat dictatorship grand?

Babs said...

The most important thing here is the info that this guy has on EVERYONE else - there's more to come on this I'm sure.

He'll do time, and to that I say . . . Adios muchacho!

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 1 -

Is not the people who are bringing the charges Democrats?

Anonymous said...

what about his girlfriend's son Jerry G. Love? he worked in Espada's office as a housing specialist. that means he was so special, he did no work.

Thanks to Espada, hundreds of thousands of people are homeless in NYC.

ny edge said...

plea deal? mmmmmm, but I was so looking forward to seeing him do the perp walk in cuffs & orange jumpsuit!