Ralph Mariano and his father, Ralph Mariano, Jr., both arraigned in the Navy kickback case, have requested to waive a jury trial. They are scheduled to appear in court on Friday to address the request, said Jim Martin, Public Information Officer at the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The younger Mariano allegedly accepted kickbacks of naval funds from Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT), a Middletown company. ASFT had about $128 million in Navy contracts when it closed.
Ralph Mariano is a former civilian program manager and senior systems engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport. Mariano’s girlfriend, Mary O'Rourke, who was also indicated in the case plans to ask for a bench trial as well, reports the Journal.
The younger Mariano and O'Rourke are charged with counts including conspiracy, theft of government property and wire fraud. His father faces tax charges.
The trial is currently scheduled for June, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.