Ed Mangano

Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday/MCT/Sipa USA

Defense Offers Closing Arguments In Mangano Corruption Trial

May 16, 2018 - 1:43 pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Closing arguments continued Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, jurors could decide Mangano’s fate by the end of this week.

Mangano is accused of taking bribes from the man who calls himself the restaurant mogul, Harendra Singh. Prosecutors said in exchange, Singh received Oyster Bay contracts, as well as $20 million in guaranteed loans.

However, defense attorneys called Singh a man who could hardly tell the truth, and said the contracts were approved by other people in power and not Mangano.

That includes a contract for $230,000 to feed first responders at EMS headquarters in Bethpage after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The attorneys said Singh’s restaurant was two miles away and had power, and the contract made sense. They said Mangano had nothing to do with approving the deal.

Ed Mangano’s wife, Linda Mangano, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto are also on trial.

Ed Mangano faces decades behind bars if convicted.