Rob Walker, who served as chief deputy to former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, has been indicted on federal charges weeks before his former boss’ corruption trial starts.
Walker, 43, a Republican and former state assemblyman from Hicksville, surrendered Thursday to federal officials at U.S. District Court in Central Islip before pleading not guilty to obstructing justice and lying to FBI agents.
His indictment comes more than two years after he confirmed while testifying in the corruption trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos that federal prosecutors were probing his role in county contracts that went to political campaign contributors.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office described Walker’s felony charges as the result of an ongoing federal investigation into whether Nassau public officials have taken money from county contractors and if those parties then tried to conceal their actions.
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