PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A North Providence man convicted of tax evasion in connection with a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million has been sentenced to two years of home confinement.
Ralph Mariano Jr. was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi in Providence. Mariano is the father of one of the scheme’s admitted ringleaders, Ralph M. Mariano, a former civilian employee of the Navy.
Lisi said she gave Mariano home confinement because he is 82 and because a prison sentence would cost the taxpayers even more.
He told the judge he gambled much of the money away.
The younger Mariano acknowledged he used his position to add money to contracts held by Georgia-based contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow. In return, the contractor funneled kickbacks to Mariano, corrupt subcontractors and others.