PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man convicted of tax evasion stemming from a kickback scheme that cost the U.S. Navy $18 million has been sentenced to two years of home confinement. Ralph Mariano Jr. of North Providence was sentenced Friday.
He is the father of one of the scheme's admitted ringleaders, Ralph M. Mariano, a former civilian employee of the Navy. U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi in Providence said she gave the elder Mariano home confinement because he is 82 and a prison sentence would cost taxpayers even more.
He told the judge he gambled away much of the money. The younger Mariano acknowledged he used his position to add money to contracts held by Georgia-based contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow.
In return, the contractor funneled kickbacks to his father, corrupt subcontractors and others.
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