THE BRONX - Former state Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-The Bronx) held a news conference today to fire back in response to news reports that say officials may strip away the Medicaid license of his Soundview Health Clinic.

Espada, who faces trial this fall for allegedly using his nonprofit group to plunder the Medicaid program, could see his health care center shut down if the ban occurs.

During the news conference, Espada claimed the reports were just a part of personal attacks against him by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y). Cuomo filed the charges against Espada during his term as attorney general.

He says he has not received any notice that the center could lose funding. Last year, the embattled former senator and his son were indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $500,000 from the clinic. Espada has maintained his innocence.

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