NY lawmaker charged with embezzling from clinic for party, shows and car

WHO: Democratic state Sen. Pedro Espada of New York

WHAT: New York and federal authorities indicted the state senator and his son on six charges that they more than $500,000 from their New York City health clinic for lavish spending, including Broadway shows, a Bentley automobile and a pony for a birthday party.

WHY IT’S AN OUTRAGE: Money that Espada and his son used to benefit themselves, along with friends and family members, should have been spent on medical equipment and improving health care services in the impoverished neighborhood, said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. “In these difficult economic times, the charged crimes are all the more reprehensible,” Lynch said.

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