Linda Mangano, wife of ex-Nassau exec, to serve remainder of sentence at home: officials

Linda Mangano, wife of ex-Nassau exec, to serve remainder of sentence at home: officials
Linda Mangano, left, was released from prison and will serve the remainder of her sentence at home, officials said. (Photo by Joe Nikic)

Linda Mangano, the wife of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, will serve the rest of her sentencing from a political corruption scheme she and her husband were convicted of at her home, officials told Newsday.

Both Edward’s and Linda’s sentencings were delayed before they ultimately began their respective time in prison. Linda’s 15-month prison sentence began on Sept. 9, according to reports.

Her home confinement, officials said, is scheduled to end on Aug. 12.

Officials did not disclose why Mangano had been released from prison early following a five-month stay at the federal facility in Danbury, Conn. Efforts to reach officials for further comment on the matter were unavailing.

She was found to be guilty of two counts of lying to the FBI, conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice in a case that involved the former Nassau County executive.

Edward Mangano’s 12-year sentencing began in mid-September. His conviction is based on a deal he made with Harendra Singh, a restaurateur on Long Island and a star witness in the trial, in which Singh kicked back money and personal benefits in return for the county executive pushing the Town of Oyster Bay to authorize loans for Singh, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that several weeks after Mangano took office, he used his political influence to have the Town of Oyster Bay “indirectly guarantee” $20 million worth of personal loans to Singh for improvements to Tobay Beach and the town’s golf course.

Singh in turn paid for five vacations, hardwood flooring, a custom office chair, watch and a “no-show” job worth $450,000 for Linda Mangano as a marketing director for Singh, prosecutors said.

In 2019, Singh pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy, bribery and tax evasion, along with being charged with collecting nearly $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency Funds after he falsely claimed his Long Island City restaurant suffered damages from Superstorm Sandy.

The guilty plea was part of an agreement that required Singh to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their case against the Manganos.

Prosecutors initially sought to have Mangano serve a 17-1/2-year sentence for accepting bribes and kickbacks for governmental action. Mangano’s actions were far from one mistake and his “criminal conduct began the moment he was elected as Nassau County executive and continued for years” prosecutors said.

Mangano was confirmed to be working at Huntington’s Oheka Castle in 2020, owner Gary Melius told Newsday.  Prosecutors previously said Mangano “led a culture of corruption that permeated throughout his administration: it rotted from the top down.”

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