Earlier today at the Central Islip federal courthouse, Edward Mangano, the former Nassau County Executive, and his wife Linda Mangano were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack to 12 years and 15 months in prison, respectively, following their convictions after a seven-week trial. Edward Mangano was convicted on multiple counts of accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official government action and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Linda Mangano was also convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in connection with her employment by the Long Island restaurateur, Harendra Singh. Edward Mangano was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in Charge, FBI, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentences.

“Edward Mangano, as County Executive, gave the people of Nassau widespread corruption and dishonesty instead of truth and integrity. Linda Mangano took positive steps to deceive a federal investigation to maintain her husbands in power and maintain their way of life,” said U.S. Attorney Peace. “Today’s sentence should send a strong and unambiguous message to any public official willing to put his or her personal interest of the public, and to members of the inner circle who attempt through corruption to protect them from prosecution: my office will use all resources at its disposal to investigate, prosecute and convict you in order to restore public confidence in our elected officials.

Mr. Peace thanked the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation for their work on the case.

Evidence at trial established that between January 2010 and February 2015, Edward Mangano engaged in schemes to solicit and receive kickbacks and kickbacks from Singh. In exchange for the money and personal benefits he received, Mangano, who served as Nassau County Executive from January 2010 to December 2017, performed official actions for Singh’s benefit as part of his businesses.

City of Oyster Bay Loan Program (TOB)

Several weeks after Edward Mangano took over as Nassau County Executive in January 2010, he urged the TOB supervisor to help Singh secure funding to make necessary capital improvements at TOB Beach and The Woodlands at TOB Golf Course, by authorizing TOB to indirectly guarantee four bank loans totaling approximately $20 million. Mangano used his official position to ensure that TOB guaranteed the loans. In April 2010, Singh hired Linda Mangano for a fictitious job as a supposed marketing manager for Singh’s businesses. Shortly thereafter, TOB indirectly guaranteed the first of four personal loans to Singh related to the beach and the golf course. Singh paid for five vacations, hardwood floors, a custom-made office chair, a massage chair and a watch for the Manganos, as well as more than $450,000 in total for Linda Mangano’s no-show work.

obstruction of justice

Edward and Linda Mangano conspired to obstruct a federal grand jury investigation when they conspired with Singh to fabricate examples of work ever performed by Linda Mangano at the waterfront, in an attempt to thwart a grand jury investigation. jury. On May 20, 2015 and May 22, 2015, Linda Mangano made false statements to FBI and federal prosecutors about work she claimed to have done for Singh.

The government’s case is being handled by the Bureau’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Catherine M. Mirabile, Christopher Caffarone and former Eastern District Assistant Attorney Lara Treinis Gatz are charged with the prosecution. Assistant United States Attorney Madeline O’Connor is responsible for the asset forfeiture.

The defendants:

EDWARD MANGANO
Age: 60 years old
Bethpage, New York

LINDA MANGANO
Age: 59
Bethpage, New York

EDNY File No. 16-CR-540 (S-2) (JMA)