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VA Man Wants Public To Pay Attorney Fees in Navy Kickback Case

Ralph M. Mariano has hired former U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente as his defense lawyer.

Ralph M. Mariano of Virginia, the man accused of receiving a bribe in , now wants the public to pay his attorney fees, reports The Providence Journal. 

Mariano's newly-hired defense lawyer, U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente, has told the courts his client is "indigent," reports The Providence Journal. 

Mariano, 53, of Arlington, VA, a former engineer with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), is accused of accepting bribes as a public official from Portsmouth resident . 

Mariano allegedly accepted kickbacks of naval funds from Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT), a Middletown company. 

to investigators and prosecutors on three occasions between September 2011 and January 2012 about a relationship he had with another person, and that he provided gifts and monies to that person from proceeds he realized from the kickback scheme. He now faces up to 5 years in federal prison; up to 3 years of supervised release; and a fine of up to $250,000.

Mary May 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Napoleon Complex- thinks we owe him something. What a hyprocrite- going to church all the time and acting like he is above the law. Renting a cadillac every time he traveled for work (whose dime was that on?).
ralph May 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
@Neil Ansucket- I'm not sure if they repo'd his car, but I'm sure it will be.LOL As far as him, like I wrote, I hope he gets the max. I think like a hundred people lossed their jobs because of a few greedy people. In this tough economy, losing ones job is extremely unfortunate. I know some folks who lossed their jobs, and some were making very good money. To be doing well by working hard and have it only taken away at a moments notice, is just so wrong. Greed in this country is out of control.
Liz Taurasi May 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
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Glen May 27, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Yes, it is hard to believe he was spending it as fast as he was getting it and the conversation about buried money wasn't that long ago. However, since this buried money really doesn't belong to him, I guess he really could be poor.
Glen May 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Where did he go to church? NUWC did turn their head to him because they were doing wrong too.

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