$390 in Mini-Bar Charges!?

April 16, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Espada Trial Continues in Brooklyn

CADMAN PLAZA EAST (AP) — Receipts show that former New York senator Pedro Espada Jr. had a taxpayer-funded health clinic pick up the $15,000 bill for his family’s stay at a luxury resort in Puerto Rico.

Espada is standing trial in Brooklyn federal court on charges that he looted around a half million dollars from the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

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Records introduced at his trial Friday showed that Espada racked up huge bills on the clinic’s credit card during a 2008 stay at the El San Juan Hotel and Casino.

The charges included $9,000 for lodging, a $478 meal at The Palm restaurant, another $380 bill at a Japanese restaurant and $390 in mini-bar charges.

Espada founded and controlled Soundview Healthcare, but prosecutors say that didn’t give him the right to loot the charity.

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