Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday after his 2019 conviction on charges he and his wife took bribes from an Oyster Bay contractor .
U.S. District Court Judge Joan Azrack of Central Islip Federal Court handed down the sentence. Azrack described Mangano’s crimes as being motivated by greed. She added that Mangano, 61, showed no remorse for his actions.
Linda Mangano, 59, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for lying to the FBI.
The case rocked the political establishment in Nassau County, where Mangano was for years a highly respected lawyer and political figure.
As several outlets reported, Mangano asked for clemency. He said his life had been destroyed and claimed he was heavily in debt.
Mangano previously said, “I feel like I’m taking responsibility for these guys’ years of criminal acts.”
Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Edward Mangano to 17½ years in prison, saying he ‘sold out the power and influence of his office’ shortly after he was elected in 2010 as the top Nassau government official. .
Azrack said the former county executive’s sentencing guidelines range under his sentence should be calculated at 30 years to life in prison.
In 2019, a Mangano town official from Oyster Bay indirectly backed what amounted to $20 million in loans for restaurateur Harendra Singh, a dealer in town, after an outside town attorney called such a transaction a “complete sham”.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Singh bribed Mangano with a $454,000 “no-show” job for his wife, free meals and vacations, two luxury chairs, hardwood floors for the master bedroom in the Bethpage home of the couple and a $7,300 wristwatch for one of their sons.
Found Mangano guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery under a federal program, bribery under a federal program, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The jurors also found Linda Mangano guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and two counts of lying to the FBI about her employment with Singh.