, April 21, 2010
New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo filed a civil lawsuit against the Senate majority leader, Pedro Espada Jr., accusing Espada, his family, and his political aides of siphoning more than $14 million from a network of nonprofit healthcare clinics he founded. Espada used the network as a "personal piggy bank," the suit said, to pay for expenses over the last five years like $20,000 worth of takeout sushi and $50,000 to maintain a Bronx apartment where opponents have asserted that he does not live. The suit seeks to remove Espada as president of the nonprofit corporation, which runs four health clinics in the Bronx that receive most of their financing from the federal and state governments.
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