Ex county employee sentenced to 1-year conditional discharge

Ex county employee sentenced to 1-year conditional discharge

The former deputy commissioner of Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge for making false statements while applying for various county jobs.

State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald sentenced Edward Korona Jr., 54, of Hicksville, on Monday to the one-year conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty in November.

Korona was facing up to four years in prison on charges of perjury, offering a false instrument for filing and making an apparently false sworn statement, according to Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas’ office.

According to Newsday, his guilty plea ended his felony trial, with a public corruption unit prosecutor stating that he had met with her office and provided law enforcement officials with “fruitful” information.

“Mr. Korona is relieved that this matter has been resolved and is looking forward to moving on with his life,” Korona’s attorney, Joseph Lobosco, told Newsday.

Singas said in December that it was discovered that he had a prior criminal conviction during her office’s investigation of county contracts and the contracting process, though he was not accused of any crimes related to contracts.

In February 1982, Newsday reported, Korona was convicted of second-degree burglary and sentenced to 1 2/3 to five years in prison.

According to the DA’s office, the investigation revealed that he made false statements on four applications to the Nassau County Civil Service Commission in December 2007, February 2010, April 2010 and June 2013 while applying for various civil service positions.

Korona, who was arrested on Oct. 15, checked off “No” to the question “Except for the above traffic offenses, have you ever been convicted of any violation, misdemeanor, or felony?” on the four applications.

As long as he does not commit any crimes over the next year, he will avoid jail time.

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