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Former Navy Engineer Pleads Guilty to Organizing and Managing Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme; Associate Admits to Stealing Government Funds
Ralph Mariano admits to defrauding U.S. Government of between $7 and $20 million dollars; R.I. Attorney Mary O’Rourke admits theft of over $200,000 of government funds
(DoJ) – PROVIDENCE, R.I. – May 30, 2013 – Ralph M. Mariano, of Warwick, R.I., a former senior systems engineer with the United States Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport, R.I., and Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., today to conspiracy and to defrauding the U.S. Government of between $7 million and $20 million by directing co-conspirators to bill the Navy for work that was never performed, announced Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island.
Federal Indictment Charges former Naval Engineer and His Father in $10 Million Bribery and Kickback Conspiracy
Highlights of the indictment include email exchanges among the confederates that are full of kickback directions in coded language; emailed complaints from an annoyed Mariano about delayed payoffs; details of how bi-weekly packages of thousands of dollars in cash were mailed or expressed overnight to Mariano, who had substantial power over the award of contracts at the Navy research base and its parent organization in Washington.
While they are not named or charged, new characters in the drama make their first public appearances in Thursday’s indictment. Among them is “M.M.,” the otherwise unidentified sister of the younger Ralph Mariano, who owned and operated Rhode Island Veterinary Lab, Inc., with “her long time companion K.L.” ~ John E. Mulligan – Providence Journal
(According to Veterinary Lab, Inc.’s website the company was founded by Michele Mariano & Keith Lee )
Three co-conspirators have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing in U.S. District Court in Providence
(DoJ) – PROVIDENCE, R.I. – April 26, 2012 – A federal grand jury in Providence, RI, returned a 37-count indictment today charging Ralph Mariano, 54, of South Arlington, VA, a civilian engineer with the United States Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport, RI, and Washington DC, and his father, Ralph Mariano, Jr.,80, of North Providence, RI, in connection with an alleged 15-year bribery and fraud conspiracy involving approximately $10 million of Naval funds.