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Timeline of Harendra Singh’s ties to Mangano, Venditto

Harendra Singh leaves the federal courthouse in Central

Harendra Singh leaves the federal courthouse in Central Islip on March 8. Photo Credit: James Carbone

 

January 2010 to February 2015: Prosecutors said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto engage in a scheme to solicit bribes from a restaurateur, identified as Harendra Singh.

April 2010 to August 2014: Prosecutors said Linda Mangano, the county executive’s wife, gets paid more than $450,000 for a job with Singh, doing “little to no work,” while Singh gets contracts with Nassau County and Town of Oyster Bay, including concession agreements.

January 2010 to December 2013: Prosecutors said Singh is granted a loan for $20 million guaranteed by amendments to concession agreements with Town of Oyster Bay. Edward Mangano “pressures” Venditto to vote on town board resolutions to amend concession agreements on Singh’s behalf.

January 2010 to February 2015: The Manganos receive a massage chair, a Panerai Luminor watch and hardwood flooring from Singh, prosecutors said.

March 2014 to December 2015: FBI serves eight grand jury subpoenas on Town of Oyster Bay.

Jan. 13, 2015: FBI interviews Linda Mangano at the family’s Bethpage residence.

Jan. 15, 2015 to October 2016: The Manganos meet with FBI and “fabricate stories” to explain Linda Mangano’s employment, prosecutors said.

Feb. 3, 2015: FBI serves Linda Mangano with grand jury subpoena also requesting records related to employment for Singh.

May 20, 2015: Linda Mangano provides “fabricated examples of work” she performed for Singh, prosecutors said.

July 1, 2015: Newsday reports that Singh, involved in lawsuits that could threaten beach concession service in the Town of Oyster Bay, has financial, political and personal ties to Edward Mangano. Newsday also reports the county paid almost $240,000 to Singh, who operates numerous businesses from his headquarters in Bethpage, the county executive’s hometown, for hot meals for top county, state and federal officials after superstorm Sandy. Mangano’s campaign also rented space for his campaign headquarters from Singh in two elections, the paper reports, and Singh employed Linda Mangano at one of his companies.

Aug. 10, 2015: Newsday reports that Mangano and his family’s trips to the Caribbean were paid for by Singh. Among the findings: A July 2012 trip was scheduled for St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a second trip, scheduled for July 2013, was for the Turks and Caicos, where Singh arranged for the Manganos to stay in a two-bedroom oceanfront suite for $4,961. An email dated June 3, 2013, sent by a travel agent to Singh, said the total cost of a trip to the Turks and Caicos for Singh, Singh’s guests and the Manganos was $17,498. A source familiar with the situation said the 2012 trip might have been canceled but that Mangano and his family went on the second trip to the Turks and Caicos.

Edward Mangano’s attorney Kevin Keating of Garden City said of those reports: “There is absolutely no story here. The Manganos and the Singhs have been friends for many, many years, lifelong friends.”

Aug. 10, 2015: Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas says she will investigate trips by Mangano and Oyster Bay Deputy Town Attorney Frederick Mei.

Aug. 21, 2015: FBI raids Singh’s Bethpage offices.

Aug. 31, 2015: Mei resigns.

Sept. 9, 2015: Singh is arrested on a 13-count federal indictment. He’s freed on $5 million bond. Six of the counts accused Singh of paying a bribe to a former Oyster Bay deputy town attorney to get an “indirect guarantee” of $32 million in loans for his businesses, including food concessions he ran at town beaches and a town golf course. Other charges included defrauding the IRS by not reporting millions of dollars in wages paid to employees of his restaurants and fraudulently collecting almost $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The latter accusation refers to Singh collecting the money for falsely claiming his Water’s Edge restaurant in Long Island City was damaged during superstorm Sandy.

Sept. 13, 2015: Singh employees tell Newsday that Edward Mangano ate for free at Singh’s restaurants.

Sept. 23, 2015: Whistleblower Christopher Briggs, a former Oyster Bay Town constable, tells Newsday he gave then-Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice documents in 2013 suggesting that Singh secured illegal loan guarantees from Oyster Bay officials and arranged and paid for vacations for Mangano, but district attorney investigators never followed up on the information.

October 2015: Town of Brookhaven severs financial ties with Singh’s company. Water’s Edge in Long Island City closes after employees walked out complaining they hadn’t been paid.

Oct. 23, 2015: FBI interviews Venditto.

November 2015: Newsday reports that Edward Mangano’s redacted calendar shows gaps in public appearances on dates when he may have been in Caribbean on Singh-financed trips.

Dec. 16, 2015: Singh is rearrested and held without bail. Federal prosecutors said he violated the conditions of his release by fraudulently attempting to obtain a $146,000 loan.

Dec. 18, 2015: Venditto is interviewed by FBI again and claims to have never received anything of value from Singh. Prosecutors said he received limousine services, free use of private office space, discounted rates for events and fundraisers at Singh’s venues.

February 2016: Prosecutors and defense meet to discuss a plea deal for Singh.

June 2016: Singh’s trial date set for Jan. 9, 2017.

August 2016: Singh is released from jail after eight months of detention.

October 2016: Singh secretly pleads guilty to bribing Edward Mangano, Venditto and an unnamed New York City official, court papers show.

October 2016: Mangano and Venditto, along with Linda Mangano, are arrested and named in the 13-count federal indictment alleging extortion, bribery, fraud and obstruction charges.

Jan. 4, 2017: Singh’s federal trial is delayed indefinitely.

July 13, 2017: Mangano lets pass the deadline to submit ballot petitions to run for another term as county executive as a Republican.

Nov. 21, 2017: Venditto is indicted on 21 new federal criminal charges involving securities fraud in the town’s public offering of more than $1 billion in securities between 2010 and 2016. The superseding indictment adds 21 more counts to the alleged corruption and kickback case that Eastern District federal prosecutors had already brought against Venditto, Edward Mangano and Linda Mangano. The Manganos are not accused in the securities fraud.

Dec. 5, 2017: A federal judge delays for two months the corruption trial of the Manganos and Venditto because Venditto’s attorneys said they needed more time to prepare to fight the additional securities fraud charges.

Jan. 17: Federal prosecutors reveal they have given attorneys for the Manganos and Venditto more than a million pages of documents and other materials that include emails from a co-conspirator and surveillance videos from the Mangano home. The revelations were contained in the government’s response to a pretrial motion by Venditto’s attorney involving the securities fraud charges.

Jan. 24: The government unseals Singh’s plea and related documents, as part of discovery disclosed to the Manganos and Venditto as part of their own federal corruption charges.

March 12: Corruption trial of the Manganos and Venditto kicks off in the federal courthouse in Central Islip with jury selection.

March 14: Opening arguments in the Mangano-Venditto trial.

May 18: Corruption case goes to the jury just before 10 a.m.

May 24: Jury acquits Venditto of all federal corruption charges and resumes deliberations on the Manganos. Venditto still faces state corruption charges unrelated to Singh.

May 31: The Manganos' federal corruption trial ends in a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack set a June 28 status conference to schedule a new trial.

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