Navy Contractor to Plead Guilty in Kickback Scheme

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Navy contractor has agreed to plead guilty in federal court in Rhode Island to his part in a multimillion-dollar kickback and bribery scheme.

Anjan Dutta-Gupta entered a plea agreement Monday.

The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says the 58-year-old has agreed to admit to paying more than $9 million in bribes to Ralph Mariano, a civilian employee of the Navy, and his family
members in exchange for increased funding to contracts Dutta-Gupta's company had with the Navy. Dutta-Gupta's attorney did not immediately return calls for comment.

The company, Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, was based in Georgia, and had offices in Middletown, R.I. It had $120 million in Navy contracts at the time Dutta-Gupta was arrested earlier this year.

Mariano has also been charged, and has not pleaded guilty.

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