Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

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Jury Selection Begins In Ed Mangano's Federal Corruption Trial

March 12, 2018 - 1:59 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Jury selection got underway Monday, in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and former town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.

The federal indictment charges that Mangano and Venditto received bribes and kickbacks to help Long Island businessman Harendra Singh obtain guaranteed loans.

Mangano is also accused of accepting vacations and other gifts in exchange for his influence. Authorities claim Mangano's wife was given a $100,000 a year no-show job at one of Singh's restaurants. Prosecutors say she made nearly half-a-million dollars for doing little besides tasting food.

The Manganos deny any wrongdoing, and said they have had a long personal friendship with Singh.

Mangano's trial is the latest corruption case brought on Long Island by Eastern District federal prosecutors, the FBI, and the IRS.

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, former Oyster Bay Planning Commissioner Fred Ippolito, and former Suffolk County Conservative Party leader Ed Walsh have all been convicted. Ippolito died in prison in June.