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Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, wife found guilty in corruption re-trial

March 08, 2019 - 11:42 am
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has been found guilty of bribery, wire fraud, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. His wife Linda has been found guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements.

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Mangano was found not guilty on charges of honest services wire fraud and extortion. Linda was found not guilty of making false statements on a seperate occaision.

Proscutors say after taking office in 2010, Mangano took bribes from restarauteur Harendra Singh. They say the bribes included a $450,000 no-show job for Linda, hardwood flooring installation in Mangano's bedroom, a $7,300 wristwatch, free meals and five vacations to Florida and the Caribbean, and two chairs valued at over $6,000. Feds say Mangano returned the favor to the tune of contracts worth more than $400,000.

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The U.S. Attorney's office says the Singh was given contracts to supply bread and rolls to the county jail and a no-bid job to feed superstorm Sandy relief workers. Those are in addition to some $20 million in loan guarantees that the town of Oyster Bay's outside counsel called 'a complete sham.'

"For Ed Mangano, public service was self-service. From the moment he took office, he cashed in the power to benefit himself and his wife," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Mirabile, adding that Mangano and Singh were "tied by corruption, power and greed."

Authorities also said Mangano tried to cover up his crimes.

The Manganos said they had a two-decade friendship with Singh, and that any gifts or favors exchanged between the familes were unrelated to Ed's office.

In the couple's first trial, back in May, a jury failed to reach a verdict following nine days of deliberations.