Sentencing date set in Mangano corruption case

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Sentencing date set in Mangano corruption case
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, as seen leaving the federal courthouse in Central Islip. (Photo by Joe Nikic)

U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack set a sentencing date of Oct. 3 for former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, last Wednesday, after the couple was convicted last month on corruption-related charges by a federal jury.

A clerk for Azrack said the Manganos will be sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 2:30 p.m., if prosecutors or the defense do not move to adjourn the sentencing. Both prosecutors and the Manganos need to file sentencing memorandums and other documents before then.

Kevin Keating, Edward Mangano’s attorney, was not immediately available for comment but told Newsday the defense lawyers “anticipate an aggressive appeals process.”

John Carman, an attorney for Linda Mangano, was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said that several weeks after Edward Mangano took office, he used his political influence to have the Town of Oyster Bay “indirectly guarantee” $20 million worth of personal loans to restaurateur Harendra Singh for improvements to improve Tobay Beach and the town’s golf course.

Singh in turn paid for five vacations, hardwood flooring, a custom office chair, massage chair, watch and a “no-show” job worth $450,000 for Linda Mangano as a marketing director for Singh, prosecutors said.

Edward Mangano faced charges of extortion, conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice, totaling seven counts. Linda Mangano faced five counts of obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Edward Mangano received guilty verdicts on counts of accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for government action, as well as conspiracy to obstruct justice.

He was found not guilty on bribery charges for a contract he gave to Singh to provide bread and rolls to the Nassau County Jail and another contract where Singh provided emergency food to county workers in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

The jury also found him not guilty of extortion or honest services wire fraud.

Linda Mangano was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators regarding employment with Singh. She was found not guilty on one count of making false statements.

The initial trial for the Manganos lasted three months, but the jury could not reach a verdict, prompting the new trial.

John Marzulli, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said the office has no comment on the verdict, the possibility of appeal or what kind of sentence will be sought.

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