Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a restaurateur in Queens.
Central Islip federal judge Joan Azrack on Thursday handed down the prison sentence along with a $20,000 fine and ordered Mangano to surrender on June 13.
The judge said the amount Mangano should pay in compensation would be determined at a later date.
Mangano was convicted in 2019 of accepting bribes and kickbacks from restaurateur Harendra Singh, including five paid vacations, a $3,600 vibrating chair and a no-show job for his wife Linda.
In return, the once-powerful politician helped secure $20 million in loans for Singh.
The jury also found Linda guilty of helping to cover up the corrupt arrangement. She is due to be sentenced later on Thursday.
Mangano’s attorney, Kevin Keating, told the Post via email, “We are disappointed with the verdict and are now appealing. We remain confident.”
During a seven-week trial – following a 2018 court hearing – star witness Singh testified under a collaborative agreement that he was a major donor to Mangano and that he showered gifts on the county executive and Linda to ingratiate himself with them.
Mangano was found guilty of accepting bribes in return for official government action and conspiring to obstruct justice. Linda was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and false testimony. Both faced up to two decades in prison.
Mangano was acquitted of racketeering and allegations that he helped Singh secure lucrative contracts to provide food to the county jail and rescue workers after Hurricane Sandy.
In 2016, Singh bribed former Mayor Bill de Blasio with tens of thousands for his campaign in exchange for a municipal lease on Water’s Edge. De Blasio was not charged in the ruling.
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