Navy contractor pleads guilty

PROVIDENCE, RI – A defense contractor has pleaded guilty to bribing a civilian Naval employee in Newport.

Flanked by his attorneys, Anjan Dutta-Gupta said "yes, your honor" when asked if he bribed Ralph Mariano, a systems engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Newport.

Prosecutors say the bribery scheme began in 1996 when Mariano demanded payments of six thousand dollars a week.

Over a period of 15 years, prosecutors say Dutta-Gupta paid more than eight million dollars in bribes.

Dutta-Gupta was founder and president of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, a defense contractor with offices in Roswell, Georgia and Middletown, Rhode Island.

The criminal enterprise has bankrupted the company, putting one hundred Rhode Islanders out of work.

Mariano awaits trial.

Dutta Gupta faces up to 15 years and fines totaling three times the value of the bribes at his sentencing in December. He declined comment as he left federal court.

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