Ex-Nassau County Executive aide pleads guilty to obstruction
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A top aide to former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal corruption probe.
Richard “Rob” Walker pleaded guilty in federal court in Central Islip on Wednesday to obstruction of justice. Walker’s attorney told Newsday his client accepts responsibility for his conduct.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Walker accepted $5,000 from a contractor who was performing work for the county in 2014. They say he later urged the contractor to conceal the payment after learning the U.S. attorney’s office had opened a grand jury investigation into potential corruption in Nassau County government.
Mangano and his wife are awaiting sentencing after being convicted of unrelated federal corruption charges in March.