Mariano's newly-hired defense lawyer, U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente, has told the courts his client is "indigent," reports The Providence Journal.
Mariano, 53, of Arlington, VA, a former engineer with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), is accused of accepting bribes as a public official from Portsmouth resident Russell E. Spencer.
Mariano allegedly accepted kickbacks of naval funds from Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT), a Middletown company.
Spencer recently admitted to lying to investigators and prosecutors on three occasions between September 2011 and January 2012 about a relationship he had with another person, and that he provided gifts and monies to that person from proceeds he realized from the kickback scheme. He now faces up to 5 years in federal prison; up to 3 years of supervised release; and a fine of up to $250,000.