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Retired colonel in military pay probe 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, 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.

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