Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada — a Bronx Democrat who had defiantly professed his innocence as a variety of criminal charges piled up against him — officially pleaded guilty to tax fraud today.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Sen. Pedro Espada has pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
The plea on Friday also resolves pending charges in a separate case involving the looting of a Bronx nonprofit health care network.
He was convicted in May of plundering funds from the Soundview Health Network for personal use. But the jury had deadlocked on some counts and a retrial had been expected.
He will remain free on bail until sentencing early next year.
Espada, who was the central figure in a 2009 Senate coup that saw him and a fellow Democrat switch allegiances only to return for leadership positions and committee posts, has been in the crosshairs of state prosecutors for years. In 2010, Espada was charged by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo with embezzling money from a Bronx non-profit he founded, and was accused of spending $20,000 at a Mamaroneck sushi restaurant.