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Guilty Verdict in Bribery Trial of Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

It was his second trial; the first ended in a mistrial in May 2018 after nine days of deliberations

What to Know

  • A former top Long Island official has been convicted at his federal corruption retrial
  • Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife were found guilty on Friday in Central Islip
  • Prosecutors said the Republican helped businessman Harendra Singh obtain guaranteed loans in exchange for lavish gifts

A jury convicted former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano of federal bribery and wire fraud charges on Friday, though he was acquitted on extortion charges. 

It was his second trial; a judge declared a mistrial in the first trial last May after a jury deadlocked following nine days of deliberations. Mangano's wife, Linda, was also found guilty on Friday. 

Prosecutors said the Republican helped businessman Harendra Singh obtain guaranteed loans in exchange for lavish gifts.

They said Linda Mangano was given a $100,000-a-year, no-show job at one of Singh's restaurants.

The Manganos said that any favors were because of their personal ties with Singh. Ed Mangano said he planned to appeal, according to Newsday.  

Former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was acquitted in the case last year after pleading not guilty to charges including bribery and wire fraud. He had been the town's supervisor for two decades until his resignation in January 2017.

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