Despite Federal Charges, O.C. Mayor Backs Manco & Manco Owner for Tourism Job

Ocean City mayor Jay Gillian has re-appointed Manco & Manco owner Chuck Bangle to the tourist commission.

The mayor of Ocean City is re-appointing Manco & Manco owner Chuck Bangle to the Tourist Development Commission, even though Bangle is facing federal tax evasion charges. Bangle and wife Mary were arrested in April and accused of failing to report almost $1 million to the IRS.

The Council will vote on whether to re-nominate Bangle on Thursday. “That doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” Councilman Pete Guinosso told The Press of Atlantic City. “Why would they ever think of putting him back on the Tourist Commission?”

But Bangle has more support than just the mayor. Council President Tony Wilson and Council Vice President Michael Allegretto each support Bangle’s re-appointment to the board. “Obviously, he has some personal matters going on,” Allegretto told the Press. “We’ll wait and see how that plays out.”

The U.S. Attorney charged the Bangles with failing to report $981,000 in income between 2007 and 2011. The IRS says the Bangles skipped out on paying $336,000 in taxes. The Bangles had to surrender 12 handguns, two rifles and two shotguns when they posted $100,000 bail each. Their case was continued in October, with new defense motions due next month.

Manco & Manco — formerly Mack & Manco — has four locations, three on the Ocean City boardwalk and one in Somers Point.

[AC Press via NBC 10]