One-time Nassau County executive Edward P. Mangano and his wife Linda have been convicted of federal corruption charges. The convictions came following a second trial.
By Howard M. Riell
Edward Mangano was judged to be guilty of several charges, including wire fraud and bribery (but not guilty on a charge of extortion). Linda Mangano was found guilty on four counts, including making false statements and obstruction of justice. Each is 56 years old, and each is looking at as much as 20 years in jail.
Mangano insisted he was innocent following the sentencing, telling the New York Times, “I would not and could not be bribed by anyone, and I would not allow it. We remain confident that we’ll be vindicated.”
His statement was countered, however, by Richard P. Donoghue, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who told the Times that Mangano was, indeed, guilty. “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 and no-show jobs.”
“For Ed Mangano, public service was self-service,” said prosecutor Catherine Mirabile in her closing argument. “From the moment he took office, he cashed in the power to benefit himself and his wife.”
Steve Israel, a former Democratic congressman representing Long Island, told the Times that “When you are as powerful an electoral majority as the Nassau Republicans used to be, you tend to get a little arrogant, and you tend to believe that you can do things and not get caught. That has clearly caught up with the Republican machine in Nassau.”
Mangano had been the top elected official in the county, according to Inquisitr.com, “with access to the funds of one of the wealthiest counties in the state. Apparently, he used that position to take “bribes to help a local businessman obtain millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded loans.” The local businessman in question is former restaurateur Harendra Singh.”
A reporter from Newsday managed to get some comments from one of the jurors exiting the court house. “The juror — who did not want to be identified — said the panel, as some courtroom observers had speculated, worked their way through the charges with the judge’s 46-page instructions as a guide. “We followed that,” the juror said. “It was the best legal info that we had.”
“We started with Linda,” the juror told Newsday, “which explains why the first jury request was for exhibits relating to the false statement charges against Linda Mangano. “And then, we went back to Ed, which was good, because we refocused on how everything came to that point.”