Prosecutors press Linda Mangano’s ‘no-show job’

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Prosecutors press Linda Mangano’s ‘no-show job’
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, as seen leaving the federal courthouse in Central Islip. (Photo by Joe Nikic)

Prosecutors presented witnesses this week to support their contention that Linda Mangano had a”no-show job” working for Harendra Singh as a marketing consultant, according to Newsday.

Linda is charged with five counts, including lying to the FBI, obstruction of justice and conspiracy in a retrial of charges brought against her and her husband, former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

Ed Mangano is charged with seven counts including bribery, extortion and wire fraud.

Prosecutors attempted to shed light on Linda’s $100,000 per year marketing job with ex restauranter-turned-government witness Singh, which they argued was a bribe to Ed, according to Newsday.

John Stevens, the owner of Bullfrog Communications, the company responsible for much of Singh’s restaurant marketing work from mid-2010, testified this week that while his firm handled promotions and menu designs for Singh, Linda was non-existent, according to Newsday.

Defense attorneys have pointed out in court several times that having a no-show job is not a crime, Newsday reported.

Stevens added that no marketing and design work was attributed to Linda and that he only spoke with her once, regarding a newspaper advertisement, and that he had no idea she worked for Singh, according to Newsday.

Prosecutors allege that Singh, who is awaiting sentencing and testifying in exchange for leniency, bribed Edward Mangano with perks, like Linda’s job, that also included free travel and meals, luxury chairs and home improvements, according to Newsday.

A second witness, Jan Guarino of Guarino Graphics, provided similar testimony, stating that she worked on revamping menus for one of Singh’s restaurants in East Meadow and that over the course of a year she never met Linda after nearly two dozen meetings with Singh’s team, according to Newsday.

Guarino conceded in cross-examination that she had no idea what went on in Singh’s business in the years prior and thereafter and that he still ower her about $2,000, according to Newsday.

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