Manganos Found Guilty On Federal Charges

Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife, Linda, arrive at the federal courthouse in Central Islip. (Photo by Johnny Milano/The New York Times)

This time, there was no mistrial.

A federal jury convicted Ed and Linda Mangano of bribery and other federal charges on March 8.

No sentencing date has been set for the Bethpage couple, both 56.

According to a press release by the Eastern District of New York, Ed Mangano, Nassau County executive from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2017, was found guilty “of accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official government action, and for conspiracy to obstruct justice.”

Linda Mangano, the release continued, “was also convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and (two counts of) making false statements to FBI agents in connection with her employment by Long Island restaurateur Harendra Singh.”

Ed Mangano was found not guilty of one count of honest services wire fraud charge and an extortion charge. Linda Mangano was acquitted of one of the counts of lying to the FBI.

The government’s case centered on the relationship between the accused and Singh, of Laurel Hollow. Singh, 60, who held concessions at the Town of Oyster Bay golf course and its two beaches, was accused of bribing the elected officials in exchange for loan guarantees in Oyster Bay, as well as contracts with the county government. He pleaded guilty to bribery charges and became a prosecution witness.

Linda Mangano reportedly was given a “no-show” job by Singh at his Water’s Edge restaurant at her husband’s behest. Between April 2010 and August 2014, the government claimed, she earned $450,000.

Then-Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was touring the Nassau County Coliseum renovation in March 2016. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

In addition, the government charged the accused and their families of receiving free meals at Singh’s numerous eateries, free limousine rides, vacations paid by Singh and even,
in the case of Mangano’s son, a watch that cost Singh more than $7,000.

On May 31, 2018, U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack declared a mistrial in the government case against the Bethpage couple after the jury deadlocked.

The retrial began Jan. 22, and the jury began deliberations on Feb. 28 at the Alphonse M. D’Amato U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip.

According to prosecutors, “Edward Mangano faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment on honest services wire fraud charges and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, up to 10 years’ imprisonment for federal program bribery and up to five years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. Edward Mangano and Linda Mangano each face up to 20 years’ imprisonment for each obstruction of justice charge and up to five years’ imprisonment for each false statement charge.”

Ed Mangano’s attorney, Edward Keating, and James Carman, attorney for Linda Mangano, both declared their intention to appeal.

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