Bribery suspect resigns
Published Feb. 11, 2011
By Sean Flynn
Daily News staff
The founder and president of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, Inc., accused of participating in a multi-million dollar bribery and kickback scheme, resigned Thursday, according to a company spokeswoman.
Anjan Dutta-Gupta, 58, arrested in Atlanta on Sunday and indicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court on a bribery charge, resigned along with his wife, Indrani Dutta-Gupta, a vice president of the company, the spokeswoman confirmed.
She referred all further comment to attorney Bryan Lavine, of the law firm Troutman Sanders, LLP, in Atlanta, Ga. Lavine did not return calls for comment prior to press time this morning. ASFT has headquarters in Roswell, Ga.
Dutta-Gupta allegedly worked with Ralph M. Mariano, 52, a civilian system engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), who is also charged with bribery, to bilk the U.S. Navy of at least at least $13.5 million, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Providence by U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.
They worked with two military subcontractors - C&S Technology Inc. and S.I. Technologies Inc. (SITI) - located at 11 King Charles Drive in Portsmouth, according to the affidavit. The affidavit refers to the owner of the two subcontractor firms as CW1 (Complaining Witness 1), but the Rhode Island Secretary of State's corporate database identifies the owner of C&S Technologies as Russell E. Spencer of Portsmouth, who has not returned calls from the Daily News asking for comment.
The subcontractor firms, over a period of years, allegedly kicked back a total of approximately $10 million to Mariano, Mariano's relatives and associates, and to entities controlled by Dutta-Gupta, Neronha said earlier this week.
As a program manager, Mariano had authority to "add money to existing Naval contracts when warranted," Neronha said. Beginning about 1999, Mariano would add change orders to contracts awarded to ASFT for work never done, Neronha said. The two Portsmouth companies were the apparent conduits for the padded payments.
Anjan Dutta-Gupta founded Advanced Solutions For Tomorrow in 1992 and served as president of the company since then, according to a his business profile that was on the company's website earlier this week. The website is now "under construction."
He was "actively involved in all aspects of the business and provides the strategic vision for the company," the website said. The company acquired AMTECH, a Newport company, in 1996 and soon grew exponentially, winning a $24 million contract providing logistics engineering services to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Middletown, the website said. The company now has about $128 million in Navy contracts, Neronha said.
Prior to starting his own company, Mr. Dutta-Gupta served as chief financial officer and administrator of a software-programming company where he served clients such as EDS, HUD, Anderson Consulting, HBO, Delta and many others, the website said. He also worked in American Express's International Banking Division for nine years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Calcutta and his MBA in economics and accounting from the Institute of Business Management in Karachi, Pakistan, according to the website.
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