Left: Rob Walker, former Nassau County assistant manager at Cihef. Right: Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his attorney speak to reporters outside Central Islip Federal Court.

The former deputy chief executive of Nassau County was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for obstruction of justice.

Richard “Rob” Walker had pleaded guilty in Central Islip federal court in 2019 to obstruction of justice. U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack Court also ordered Walker to pay $5,000 in forfeiture, imposed a $5,500 fine, and performed 2,000 hours of community service as part of his sentence.

“While in an important position of public trust, Walker accepted improper payments from a contractor, encouraged the contractor to commit perjury before a federal grand
jury and lied to the FBI to cover up his crimes,” said Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

After the former New York State Assemblyman from Hicksville took $5,000 from a county contractor in 2014 and told him to lie to the grand jury about it, Walker met with the contractor at a park and returned the $5,000 to him, according to investigators. He later denied receiving the money, authorities said.

Walker served as the principal deputy to former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican who was convicted of a kickback scheme in which his indicted restaurateur friend allegedly gave Mangano’s wife a no-show work in exchange for county contracts.

Mangano’s wife, Linda, was convicted of lying to investigators. They have not yet been sentenced. Their co-defendant, former Oyster Bay town supervisor John Venditto, was acquitted of federal charges but pleaded guilty in county court to unrelated bribery charges in 2019 in connection with an agreement to avoid prison. He died last year.

Walker quit his county job when Mangano’s last term ended in 2017 after the ex-leader declined to seek a third term.

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