Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

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Prosecutors Begin Laying Out Case In Mangano Corruption Trial

March 14, 2018 - 1:51 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Opening statements were underway Wednesday, in the Ed Mangano corruption trial. The prosecution has accused the former Nassau County Executive of selling himself to restaurateur Harendra Singh.

Mangano is accused of taking bribes and kickbacks to help Singh obtain guaranteed loans. His wife and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto are also facing charges.

Prosecutors say Mangano accepted vacations and other gifts in exchange for his influence. They 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.

Venditto and the Manganos declined to answer questions outside of court before Wednesday's proceedings began.

Mangano and his wife silently shook their heads in apparent disagreement as prosecutors made their case, Newsday reported.

All three have pleaded not guilty.