Civilian accused in Navy kickback scheme released on bond

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Navy contractor who is accused of bribing a civilian Naval employee has been released on $10,000 bond.

Anjan Dutta-Gupta appeared in Federal District Court in Providence yesterday. Federal magistrate Lincoln Almond restricted his travel to northern Georgia, where he lives, Washington D.C., where his attorney practices and Rhode Island, where he is charged with bribing a public official.

His company, Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, folded Monday putting roughly 100 people out of work at the company office in Middletown. One of the displaced workers - Richard Kulesh - was in court.

"A lot of questions right now," Kulesh said in an interview. "A lot of questions. I'm not particularly pleased about that."

Kulesh says other employees considered attending the court appearance but took a pass out of fear it would look like a show of support for Dutta-Gupta.

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