- Last Updated: 1:14 PM, January 18, 2012
- Posted: 11:34 AM, January 18, 2012
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. has been hit with yet another round of charges in the growing corruption case against him.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors today unveiled two new charges of making false statements against the former legislator - including one allegation that Espada intentionally under-reported his salary when submitting government forms related to his medical business, Soundview Health Center,.
The feds say Espada knowingly lied to the US Health and Human Services Administration by filing forms that listed his annual salary as $185,063 - when it was really $246,750, according to an indictment handed up by a Brooklyn federal grand jury.
He's also charged with fraudulently reporting to HHS the amount of profits one of his businesses generated.
Last year, federal prosecutors also added tax evasion counts to the list of crimes leveled against The Bronx Democrat.
Espada and his son are scheduled to stand trial in March on a wide range of corruption charges related to allegations that they looted the former senator's Bronx health clinic to pay for lavish meals, Broadway tickets -- and a $49,000 down payment on a Bentley.
In their original indictment, the feds say Espada and his family charged $100,000 on Soundview's corporate American Express card for expensive outings to restaurants across Westchester County, to pay for musicals like "Mamma Mia," "Jersey Boys" and "Mary Poppins," and buy tickets to Yankees and Mets games and Kenny G and NE-YO concerts.
These charges came in Dec. 2010, shortly before the longtime pol was due to leave office after losing his re-election primary.
Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, each face five embezzlement counts and one count of conspiracy for allegedly using their health care business - which received about a $1 million a year in federal funds alone - as their personal bank.
Espada founded the clinic in 1978 and had used it as his political base -- doling out jobs to friends and political supporters.
The former pol's attorney, Susan Necheles, has said that Espada is steadfast in his desire to fight the charges and maintains that he is not guilty of any misdeeds.