Cecilia DowdFeb 22, 2018, 8:07 pmFeb 23, 2018, 3:03 pm

Feds: Former Mangano aide lied to FBI, tried to hide $5K kickback

Ex-state assemblyman indicted on federal corruption charges

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CENTRAL ISLIP — With former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's trial on corruption charges just several weeks away, the man who served as his top aide was indicted by federal officials Thursday. Former Nassau Deputy County Executive Rob Walker is charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI.

Federal prosecutors allege that Walker, a former state assemblyman, accepted money from a county contractor, stating in court documents, "Specifically, in October of 2014, Walker accepted an invitation from a Nassau County contractor to attend a University of Notre Dame football game in South Bend, Indiana. While in Indiana, Walker accepted a $5,000 cash payment from the contractor after the football game prior to returning to New York. "

When Walker allegedly heard the feds were investigating possible corruption in Nassau which included the $5,000 payment, prosecutors say he then went to the contractor and tried to convince him to hide the payment from a grand jury. Ultimately, the feds say Walker arranged to meet with the contractor to give back the $5,000. That meeting was under FBI surveillance. Walker then told investigators that he never received cash payments from the county contractor, according to officials.

“The government likes to characterize people as contractors. This is a 20-plus year friend who Mr. Walker took a personal trip with, and the United States Supreme Court has been clear on this issue,” Walker’s attorney, Brian Griffin, said.

Walker's $200,000 bail was secured by the Hicksville home he shares with his wife.

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