PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A Navy contractor and a civilian naval employee accused of taking part in a kickback and bribery scheme worth millions of dollars are facing federal charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island said Tuesday.
According to federal prosecutors, Anjan Dutta-Gupta, 58, the founder and president of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT), and Ralph Mariano, 52, a civilian program manager and senior systems engineer for the Naval Sea Systems Command in Virginia, are both charged in the case.
"The public has the right to know that the people that work for them do so honestly. Taxpayer money should never be wasted, let alone stolen as is alleged here," said U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.
Dutta-Gupta is accused of paying Mariano and his relatives about $10 million in exchange for Mariano directing navy contracts to ASFT; a Roswell, Ga.-based company which has a major field office in Middletown, R.I.
Neronha continued, "Instead those funds were used to enrich Mr. Mariano, Mr. Dutta-Gupta and relatives and friends of Mr. Mariano."
According to ASFT's website, the company provides "systems engineering, product assurance, program support, media development and autonomous underwater vehicle development."
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