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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A NASA manager who was responsible for developing privately-operated spacecraft has pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando to a conflict of interest charge.
Federal authorities say Edward Mango pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of acting in his official capacity while having a conflict of interest.
He could face up to five years in prison.
Authorities say Mango loaned money to an unnamed NASA employee so that the employee could hire an attorney after being arrested by state authorities on unnamed charges.
Mango intervened when the employee was facing disciplinary charges within NASA.
Authorities say Mango contacted Kennedy Space Center's director and the center's human resources director urging them to be lenient. He didn't disclose he had loaned the employee money.
The employee was spared appropriate discipline.