Father, son indicted in $10M Navy kickbacks case

By the Associated Press | April 26, 2012 | 4:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A civilian engineer from Virginia who worked for the Naval Sea Systems Command and his 80-year-old father have been indicted in an alleged bribery and fraud scheme that prosecutors say cost the Navy $10 million over 15 years.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 54-year-old Ralph Mariano of South Arlington, Va., took kickbacks in exchange for assisting with naval contracts held by the firm Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, which had offices in Rhode Island and Georgia. His father, Ralph Mariano Jr., of North Providence, R.I., faces tax evasion charges.

Prosecutors allege Ralph Mariano used his naval position to seek more money for contracts, direct work to the firm and help it become a subcontractor on certain projects.

A message was left for Mariano's lawyer. A woman who answered the phone at his father's home hung up.