Public Corruption: 20
Racketeering & Extortion: 1
Fraud Rank: 30
Forgery & Counterfeiting: 34
Recent Scandal: $20,000 for sushi? According to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, state senate president majority leader Pedro Espada of the Bronx stole $14 million from his nonprofit Soundview Health Center, which he founded in 1978 to help low-income residents of his borough. The clinic picked up the tab for nearly $10,000 in plane tickets used by Espada, $20,000 worth of sushi, another $20,000 for Espada to attend sporting events and plays, and $100,000 for campaign brochures. "Siphoning money from a charity would be egregious under any circumstances, but the fact that this was orchestrated by the state Senate majority leader makes it especially reprehensible," Cuomo
said. Racketeering, and wire and mail fraud charges may soon follow, according to The New York Daily News.