Harendra Singh admits bribing Mangano, Venditto

Newsday

Harendra Singh, the restaurateur linked to corruption probes of elected officials in New York City and Long Island, secretly pleaded guilty in October 2016 to bribing former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and trying to bribe an unnamed New York City official, newly unsealed court records show.

Singh, 59, of Syosset, pleaded guilty to eight counts and agreed to cooperate against the officials, according to court documents and a transcript of the plea.

“I knew what I was doing was wrong and illegal and I’m profoundly sorry for that,” Singh said during his plea, according to the transcript. He described showering the Mangano family with gifts, free meals, favors and a job for Mangano’s wife for which “no work product was expected.”

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