Cecilia DowdJun 27, 2018, 4:59 pm

Former Mangano aide accused of lying to FBI in attempted cover-up

Prosecutors say Rob Walker's trial will most likely last a week


CENTRAL ISLIP — Former Nassau Deputy County Executive Rob Walker appeared before a federal judge Wednesday ahead of his trial scheduled for September. He is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

Walker, also a former state assemblyman, allegedly accepted $5,000 from a county contractor. When Walker allegedly got word that the feds were investigating potential corruption in the county, he's accused of taking matters into his own hands by going to the contractor in an effort to ensure the payment would be hidden from a grand jury. Ultimately, the government says that Walker arranged a meeting with the contractor to give back the $5,000. That meeting was under surveillance by the feds.

In court, the federal prosecutor said the trial is likely to be just a couple of days or perhaps a week. She says prosecutors intend on calling six or seven witnesses.

The judge proceeding over walker's case is the same judge who presided over the trial of his former boss, Ed Mangano whose retrial will be scheduled in October.

Walker pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.

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