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Owner of IT firm indicted in bribery scheme
DETROIT — The owner of an information technology firm has been indicted in a scheme that allowed the company to get preferential treatment on city contracts.
The Justice Department said this week that 54-year-old Parimal Mehta faces bribery and mail and wire fraud charges.
His FutureNet Group supplied contract personnel in the City of Detroit's IT department and implemented technology projects for the city.
Detroit-based FutureNet is alleged to have received about $7.5 million from the city in 2015 and 2016.
The government said that between 2009 and 2016, multiple cash payments were made to then-city IT services chief Charles Dodd Jr.
Dodd pleaded guilty in 2016 to accepting more than $29,000 in bribe payments.
The Associated Press left a message Wednesday seeking comment from Mehta.