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.