Employees at ASFT, company involved in kickback scheme, left jobless

Posted 2/14/11

(Updated, Feb. 15)

PROVIDENCE – The 93 employees at the Middletown offices of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, a U.S. Department of Defense contractor whose founder was charged with bribery in a $10 million kickback scheme, were potentially left jobless at the company’s announced closing this morning.

Christian Vareika, spokesman for Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, said it's not clear whether all of [the ASFT employees] were affected by the closing.

The R.I. Economic Development Corporation and the R.I Department of Labor and Training will partner for a jobs-search program for former ASFT employees, Chafee said in a news release on Monday.

“Aquidneck Island’s vibrant defense industry is one of Rhode Island’s great assets and a vital sector of our economy,” said Chafee in a news release. “I was saddened to learn of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow’s sudden closing, but I am determined to help its skilled employees find work quickly.”

Anjan Dutta-Gupta, 58, founder and president of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow with offices in Middletown and Roswell, Ga., was named in a criminal complaint issued on Feb. 8 by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha for alleged bribery of a public official, along with Ralph Mariano, a civilian program manager and senior systems engineer with the U.S. Naval Seas Systems Command.

Dutta-Gupta was arrested Sunday in Atlanta on Feb. 6 and is scheduled to appear before a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District in Providence on Feb. 15.

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