Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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