Ex-Oyster Bay Town Commissioner Frederick Ippolito

Frederick Ippolito

Convicted of: Tax evasion (federal)

Charged with: Money laundering (state), defrauding the government (state), bribe receiving (state), official misconduct (state), theft of services (state) and receiving reward for official misconduct (state)

Background: Ex-Oyster Bay official Frederick Ippolito pleaded guilty in January 2016 in connection with $2 million in outside consulting fees he received while working as the town’s planning and development commissioner. While the judge acknowledged Ippolito informed the town Board of Ethics of his arrangement, he said board members should have known better. Ippolito died in prison on June 5, 2017, while appealing his sentence. Less than a month later, Ippolito was charged with receiving $1.6 million in bribes, some of which are the same funds at the center of his federal case, to help construct a senior housing development, Nassau DA Madeline Singas said. A judge ended that criminal case in September 2017. Read more

“When he is getting over $2 million from someone he’s supposed to be regulating…that’s certainly a conflict.” U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler
“While certainly we are gratified that the court did not largely enhance the sentence, we are concerned with the manner in which the court arrived at the sentence.”Attorney Brian Griffin after the sentencing

The latest on the Ippolito case

Sept. 27, 2017: Judge dismisses corruption charges against the late Fred Ippolito Sept. 2, 2017: Oyster Bay ex-commissioner still influenced town, affidavit says July 12, 2017: Oyster Bay announces changes after corruption indictments July 6, 2017: Nassau to stop awarding contracts to indicted Old Bethpage firm July 1, 2017: Brown: Nassau district attorney steps into corruption fight June 29, 2017: Editorial: Public’s trust betrayed in Oyster Bay June 29, 2017: Ex-Oyster Bay supervisor Venditto, others charged with corruption June 29, 2017: Oyster Bay corruption indictments add to federal tax case June 27, 2017: Sources: Several indicted in Oyster Bay corruption probe June 5, 2017: Frederick Ippolito, ex-Oyster Bay official, dies, attorney says April 30, 2017: GOP bill would ban public corruption felons from county office March 6, 2017: Brown: The horse often escapes the ethics barn on LI Feb 22, 2017: Nassau DA wiretapped 3 former Oyster Bay officials, sources say Feb. 10, 2017: Nassau grand jury probing Oyster Bay corruption, sources say Jan. 4, 2017: Town of Oyster Bay faces a rough road to honest government Nov. 18, 2016: Ippolito reports to federal prison, official says Nov. 15, 2016: Ippolito ordered to prison after panel’s bail bid denial Nov. 8, 2016: Appeals panel suspends start of prison term for Ippolito Oct. 27, 2016: Ippolito prison sentence delayed by appeals judge Sept. 29, 2016: Ippolito reports to federal prison, official says Sept. 29, 2016: Frederick Ippolito, ex-Oyster Bay commish, sentenced to 27 months Sept. 29, 2016: Brown: Federal judge reveals what Oyster Bay officials haven’t Aug. 14, 2016: Oyster Bay’s Ippolito got $2M from developer, documents show July 11, 2016: Judge orders Oyster Bay to release documents to Newsday April 19, 2016: Oyster Bay has no plans to replace Frederick Ippolito January 28, 2016: Frederick Ippolito vacated post, Nassau DA Madeline Singas says Jan. 27, 2016: Brown: Why is Ippolito still on Oyster Bay payroll? Jan. 26, 2016: Oyster Bay’s Frederick Ippolito pleads guilty to tax evasion Aug. 9, 2015: Prominent restaurateur and government contractor arranged, paid for trips for Nassau Exec Edward Mangano, other officials, investigation finds Oct. 30, 2015: Newsday reporter seeking Oyster Bay public records escorted out by cop Aug. 25, 2015: Editorial: Oyster Bay leaders strain public trust July 14, 2015: Frederick Ippolito named in $146,130 warrant for back taxes May 18, 2015: Frederick Ippolito, Oyster Bay official facing tax evasion charges, returns to work April 29, 2015: Oyster Bay ethics board to investigate complaint against Frederick Ippolito April 18, 2015: Firm, big political donor, got $100M in work April 10, 2015: Frederick Ippolito takes indefinite leave from town post March 24, 2015: Oyster Bay residents call for town action on indicted commissioner March 23, 2015: Brown: Frederick Ippolito tax-evasion case raises conflict of interest questions March 20, 2015: Oyster Bay Commissioner Frederick Ippolito indicted on income tax evasion charges March 9, 2014: Oyster Bay denies allegations made in suit over restaurant
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