Manganos, husband and wife, start serving time following delays

Manganos, husband and wife, start serving time following delays
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, as seen leaving the federal courthouse in Central Islip in 2017. (Photo by Joe Nikic)

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, began their respective prison sentences over the past two weeks, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Edward Mangano, who was found guilty of corruption charges along with Linda in March 2019, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in April by U.S. District Court Judge Joan Azrack. In early July, Arzack delayed Mangano’s 12-year sentence to the end of the month while she was considering a motion by Mangano’s legal team to have him remain free while he appeals his conviction on the corruption charges, according to 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 Newsday, while Edward’s 12-year sentencing began on Wednesday.

Edward will serve his time at Federal Medical Center Devens, in Massachusettes, according to the bureau’s website, while Linda will serve her sentence at a federal prison in Danbury, Ct.

Efforts to reach Edward’s attorney, Kevin Keating; Linda’s attorney, Bradley Simon; or Azrack for comment on the matter were unavailing.

Simon told Newsday that Linda “is a strong woman and she is doing what she has to do and we’re working hard to complete her full appeal to the Second Circuit as quickly as possible.

Mangano’s 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.

Mangano and his wife obstructed justice by conspiring with Singh to fabricate work Linda Mangano supposedly performed at Singh’s restaurant to prevent a grand jury investigation, the office said. 

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.

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 recently received pushback from federal prosecutors for his attempt to stay free on bail while pursuing an appeal of his conviction, calling it a “last-ditch effort” to avoid time in prison. 

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