Five prominent Long Island officials have come under fire recently by federal investigators for their alleged misconduct.
Former Suffolk chief of department James Burke faces between 41 to 51 months in prison when sentenced in November 2016 under the terms of a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to beating a Smithtown man, Christopher Loeb, who had broken into the chief's departmental SUV and stolen a duffle bag.
Burke was arrested in December 2015 on the charges of a civil rights violation and obstruction of justice, more than a month after he had resigned from the department.
Former Suffolk County Conservative Party leader Edward Walsh was convicted on Thursday, March 31, 2016, of wire fraud and theft of government funds for illegally collecting more than $200,000 in pay and overtime pay for time spent in activities outside the Suffolk jail in Riverhead when he was supposed to be tending to his duties as a lieutenant.
Former Oyster Bay Commissioner Frederick Ippolito was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, to 2 years and 3 months in prison in a tax evasion case.
He pleaded guilty in January to evading taxes in connection with $2 million in outside consulting fees he received while working as the town's planning and development commissioner. The money came from Carlo Lizza & Sons, a paving contractor that did business with the town, as well as from the Lizza family trust, according to federal prosecutors.
Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, and charged with receiving bribes and kickbacks from a businessman, including receiving use of a private room at a restaurant, free chauffeur service for himself and his family, and discounted fundraisers at a restaurant, according to sources familiar with the indictment.
In exchange, the businessman obtained millions of dollars of indirect town guarantees on bonds that he used for his businesses, according to the sources.
Along with Venditto, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 and charged with receiving bribes and kickbacks from a businessman who gave Mangano's wife, Linda, a lucrative "no-show" job the year her husband first took office, federal officials said. Among the gifts
Mangano received were a massage chair and a Panerai Luminor watch that were seized from the Mangano home, a federal official said.
Linda Mangano made more than $450,000 from a "no-show" job from April 2010 to August 2014, at a restaurant owned by the businessman.