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Navy kickbacks defendant may take back guilty plea

Jul. 23, 2013 - 12:39PM   |  
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A leader of a multi-million dollar scheme that cost the Navy $18 million has indicated he is exploring the possibility of trying to withdraw his guilty plea.

In a court filing last week, former civilian Navy employee Ralph M. Mariano’s lawyer told a federal judge he believes there may be grounds to ask to vacate Mariano’s guilty plea.

Mariano pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy, theft of government property and tax evasion. He is one of six people to plead guilty in the case, including his father and his girlfriend, Mary O’Rourke.

O’Rourke and Mariano agreed to plea deals that are contingent on each other pleading guilty.

Mariano has since fired his lawyer.

His new lawyer was given until Aug. 23 to file papers to withdraw the plea.

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