James Dean of Florida Today reports that former NASA commercial crew program manager 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.
Mango resigned on October 21, citing “personal matters.”
UPDATE November 21, 2013 — Florida Today has published a lengthier article with more details about the incident, including the identity of “C.T.”