CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A former top official for a Long Island town accused of taking bribes from a restaurant owner has been acquitted of all corruption charges.
A federal jury in Central Islip was on its fifth day of deliberations on Thursday before finding John Venditto not guilty on charges including bribery and wire fraud.
The jury is still deliberating on criminal charges facing former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda.
Venditto had been the Oyster Bay Town supervisor for two decades until his resignation in January 2017.
The indictment against Venditto accused him of helping Long Island businessman, Harendra Singh, obtain guaranteed loans in exchange for bribes and kickbacks.Venditto told Newsday as he left the courtroom that he “had nothing but faith in our justice system.”
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