Ex NY senator and son charged with tax fraud

      A former New York state Senate Democratic leader and his son are facing new charges in their federal fraud case.

      Prosecutors said Monday that a revised indictment charges Pedro Espada Jr. and his son, Pedro G. Espada, with filing false tax returns.

      The Espadas already were charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from their federally funded Bronx health clinic. Prosecutors say the senator used the funds to splurge on expensive meals and pony rides for a family birthday party.

      The 57-year-old Espada and his son have pleaded not guilty. Jury selection for their trial in federal court in Brooklyn is set for Sept. 12.

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