Mangano, wife convicted on multiple counts in corruption retrial

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Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife Linda were convicted Friday on multiple counts in their corruption retrial.

Ed Mangano was found not guilty of conspiracy and bribery when it came to two county contracts, but he was convicted of using his political power to influence the Town of Oyster Bay to back millions of dollars in loans for friend and restaurateur Harendra Singh. In return, prosecutors say Mangano got bribes and kickbacks from Singh, and Linda got a no-show job at his restaurant.

Ed Mangano’s attorney Kevin Keating called it a “baffling” guilty conviction, because former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto was acquitted of all charges during the first corruption trial.


In all, Mangano was convicted of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. The jury convicted both Mangano and his wife of conspiracy to obstruct justice, and Linda Mangano was additionally found guilty of obstruction of justice plus two counts of making false statements to the FBI.

Jurors delivered not-guilty verdicts on other counts, including extortion and bribery.

Keating vowed to appeal outside court on Friday. Ed Mangano spoke about how the case was lengthy and draining, both financially and emotionally, and Linda Mangano tearfully thanked their supporters.

MORE: Curran: Mangano verdict is ‘sad reminder’ of Nassau’s ‘culture of corruption’ 

"I'm very proud of my service as county executive. I would not and could not be bribed by anyone," Ed Mangano said outside the courthouse.

U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said the case should be a lesson to “every elected and appointed official.”

“When you work for the public, you work for the public, and only the public. Your reward is your paycheck and the satisfaction of public service – and not jewelry, lavish vacations or no-show jobs,” he said.

VIDEO: Manganos comments outside the courthouse

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