Oh wow. The reason behind Ed Mango’s sudden resignation as head of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has been revealed:
Ed Mango has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge that he improperly intervened to help a colleague to whom he had loaned money.
Mango loaned undisclosed amounts starting in October 2012 to the colleague – identified in court records as “C.T.” – including funds to hire a lawyer after her arrest last December, according to a plea agreement signed Nov. 13 and filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.
The charge of attempting to influence a matter in which Mango had an undisclosed financial interest carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Federal prosecutors have recommended adjusting the sentence downward multiple levels, and Mango’s lawyer, Kepler Funk, will argue for no prison time.
Read the full story at Florida Today.