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Navy suspends contracting at RI facility

Associated Press   April 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. Navy says a submarine research laboratory in Rhode Island temporarily will not be able to issue contracts after an employee and a Navy contractor were charged in a multimillion-dollar kickback and bribery scheme.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, said Tuesday it had suspended the contracting authority of Newport’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Prosecutors say Navy contractor Anjan Dutta-Gupta paid $8 million in bribes to Ralph Mariano, a civilian employee at the Newport facility. Authorities say Mariano then increased funding to Dutta-Gupta’s now-defunct company, Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow. The firm was based in Roswell, Ga., with offices in Rhode Island.

An internal NAVSEA investigation revealed several contracting problems it says enabled the scheme.

NAVSEA headquarters will take over contract duties until the Newport facility addresses the problems.

April 26, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Government Contractor | , , ,

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