Mangano’s prison sentencing date delayed by judge: report

Mangano’s prison sentencing date delayed by judge: report
Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's prison sentencing date was postponed two weeks on Tuesday, according to Newsday. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County)

The start of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s 12-year prison sentence was delayed by two weeks on Tuesday, according to a published report.

Mangano, who was found guilty of corruption charges along with his wife Linda in March 2019, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in April by U.S. District Court Judge Joan Azrack.

On Tuesday, according to Newsday, Azrack pushed Mangano’s sentencing date back two weeks to July 27, the same date his wife will start her 15-month sentencing.

Azrack is reportedly 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. Efforts to reach Mangano’s attorney, Kevin Keating or Azrack for comment on the matter were unavailing.

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 pushing the Town of Oyster Bay to authorize loans for Singh, according to a release from 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 improve 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 news release 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.

Mangano was confirmed to be working at Hungtington’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.”

Prosecutors initially sought to have Mangano serve a 17.5-year sentence for accepting the 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. Mangano’s sentencing will begin July 13, with federal prosecutors noting that Azrack had denied arguments for bail pending appeal, according to a Newsday report.

U.S. District Joan Azrack, according to Newsday. Prosecutors from the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a letter that they and Mangano’s attorney, John Carman, agreed to the change.

Carman previously told Newsday that Linga Mangano is scheduled to be incarcerated at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

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