Retired Guard colonel under investigation for padding his military pay resigns from county job
An Air National Guard colonel resigned from an Allegheny County job on Thursday because of a federal investigation into claims that he padded his military pay while working for the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findlay.
Col. Gerard Mangis, 60, of Shaler said he resigned at the request of his county supervisors but he enjoyed working for the Facilities Management Department.
“The county was wonderful,” he said.
Mangis has not been indicted.
Linda Card, spokeswoman for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, confirmed an ongoing fraud investigation but referred questions to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which declined comment.
Mangis said that during the three years he has been under investigation, a government investigator has yet to interview him.
About the investigation, he said: “You want to say stuff but you can't, you really can't. But your family suffers, and you sit here in the abyss of hell.”
His attorney, Charles Porter, couldn't be reached for comment. Mangis was a vice wing commander for the 171st and resigned as Missions Support Group Commander in September 2011, according to a spokeswoman for the unit. He remains in the Guard but is not an active member and is not being paid, said Maj. Karen Bogdan.
She referred other questions to Card.
“All I know is that he was under investigation, and it was a joint investigation with the (Justice Department),” Card said.
Brian Bowling is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-325-4301 or email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.