Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. gets 5 years in prison for tax fraud

The one-time Senate majority leader pleaded guilty to federal charges last year.

The one-time Senate majority leader pleaded guilty to federal charges last year. (6/14/13)

THE BRONX - Former Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to federal tax fraud charges last year. 

He was also convicted of using his Soundview Healthcare Network in the Bronx as a personal piggy bank.

Just last week, the one-time Senate majority leader said he took a lie detector test, which proved that he did nothing wrong. 

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