Former New York state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. has been found guilty of embezzlement charges. The judge has declared a mistrial in the case against of his son Pedro Gautier Espada.A jury delivered the partial verdict Monday in federal court in Brooklyn. It was the 11th day of often tumultuous deliberations.Espada and his son were accused of looting $500,000 dollars from a health care network in the Bronx that was operated with state grants. Prosecutors said they lived a lavish lifestyle off the Soundview network while the clinics languished in poverty.
Lawyers for Espada and his son had argued their clients did nothing wrong - that it was their company and they were allowed to draw a salary. Espada was convicted on four counts of embezzlement.
Espada Jr.'s son, Pedro G. Espada, was accused alongside his father of looting money from a low-income health care network to fund a lavish lifestyle of fancy cars, dinners and birthday pony rides.
Prosecutors said the Espadas used the Bronx-based Soundview Health Care Network as a personal ATM while the network's services languished. Their lawyers argued the two men may have made a lot of money, but it was their company and they were allowed to do so.