Ralph Mariano and his father are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in federal court on charges involving a Middletown company.
A Virginia man and his 80-year-old father are set to be arraigned today on federal charges in connection with an alleged U.S. Navy kickbacks scheme. Ralph Mariano of Virginia and his father, Ralph Mariano Jr. of North Providence, will appear this afternoon in federal court, 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 Russell E. Spencer. Mariano allegedly accepted kickbacks of naval funds from Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT), a Middletown company. His father also faces tax charges, according to The Providence Journal.