Long Island Officials Traded Favors for Watches and Limo Rides, Prosecutors Say

In 2010, Mr. Singh began seeking millions of dollars in loans for improvements to two businesses he ran at properties that Oyster Bay owned: a concession stand at Tobay Beach, and a restaurant and catering facility called the Woodlands. According to the government, Mr. Venditto agreed that Oyster Bay would guarantee Mr. Singh’s loans, but the town backed off after a lawyer told them that would violate New York State law.

On April 8, the government said, Mr. Mangano’s former firm, Rivkin Radler, was “hired to craft a way to say ‘yes’” to backing the loans. The next day, prosecutors said, Linda Mangano received her first paycheck for what they termed a “sham” job with Mr. Singh.

The loans to Mr. Singh continued, the government said, backed by Oyster Bay. Prosecutors said that gifts from Mr. Singh continued, too. He paid for $11,000 worth of limousine rides for Mr. Venditto and his family, prosecutors said, and gave Mr. Mangano a Brookstone massage chair. In November 2012, as Long Island was reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, prosecutors said, Mr. Mangano asked Mr. Singh to pick up a watch for his son’s 21st birthday. Mr. Singh arranged for a $7,300 Panerai Luminor to be delivered via FedEx from Greenwich, Conn.

Prosecutors said that around that time, Mr. Mangano used his official position to pressure officials to award Nassau County contracts to Mr. Singh, including one to provide food to hurricane relief workers that brought him about $230,000.

Defense lawyers vigorously contested practically every aspect of the government’s case, presenting their clients as victimized by prosecutors and conniving witnesses.

Ms. Mangano’s lawyer, Mr. Carman, said that his client had been given a “low-show” job by Mr. Singh, rather than a no-show job, and told jurors that it was unclear how anyone could find that she had made false statements when prosecutors had not provided a record of exactly what words she had used.

“To me it sounds like something out of the North Korea justice system,” he told the jury.

Mr. Keating said that Mr. Mangano had never acted improperly to help Mr. Singh, something he said that the restaurateur had acknowledged while being secretly recorded by a former deputy town attorney for Oyster Bay, Frederick Mei, who had begun cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and who also pleaded guilty to bribery charges.

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