Published June 14, 2013
| Associated Press
Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges.
Espada was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn.
The once-influential politician also was convicted in a separate case alleging he looted taxpayer-subsidized health clinics.
Espada operated the clinics in the South Bronx for three decades until prosecutors accused him of turning the network into a personal ATM.
Speaking before the sentence was pronounced, Espada offered no signs of remorse. He instead talked about the clinics' history of providing care to poor New Yorkers.