PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- An arraignment is set for a longtime associate of a civilian engineer charged in what federal prosecutors say is a kickback scheme that cost the U.S. Navy about $10 million.
Rhode Island attorney Mary O'Rourke is scheduled to appear on July 9 in federal court in Providence. She faces multiple counts including conspiracy and theft of government property.
An indictment describes her as a longtime associate of Ralph Mariano. Mariano is accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for helping with naval contracts held by the firm Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, which had offices in Rhode Island and Georgia.
The indictment says O'Rourke worked for the company from 1998 to 2011.
Attorney William Devereaux says O'Rourke earned her keep while working for the firm and plans to plead not guilty.