FILE - This June 12, 2017, file photo shows former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at a news conference at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters, in New York. Mangano and his wife, Linda, will be on trial in Central Islip beginning Monday March 12, 2017. The indictment charges that Mangano received bribes and kickbacks to help a businessman obtain guaranteed loans. Linda Mangano is charged with accepting a $450,000 no-show job at the businessman's restaurant and lying to federal investigators. Also on trial is John Venditto, a former Oyster Bay town supervisor. All three have pleaded not guilty to a 13-count indictment alleging extortion, bribery, fraud and obstruction. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

County head accused of taking kickbacks heads to trial

March 11, 2018 - 9:34 am

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A bribery trial is set to begin for a former suburban New York county executive, his wife and a former town supervisor.

Ex-Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, will be on trial beginning Monday.

The case is one in a string that federal prosecutors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Albany have made against powerful politicians.

Also on trial is John Venditto, a former town supervisor. All three have pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion, bribery and more.

The indictment says that Edward Mangano received bribes and kickbacks to help a businessman obtain guaranteed loans.

Linda Mangano is charged with accepting a $450,000 no-show job.

The Manganos say they were longtime friends with the businessman and that any favors were because of their personal ties.

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