RI Navy subcontractor pleads guilty in bribe case
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Navy subcontractor has pleaded guilty in Rhode Island for his part in what federal prosecutors say was a kickback scheme that cost the Navy millions of dollars.
Fifty-six-year-old Russell Spencer pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to commit bribery. Prosecutors say he helped funnel money from a Navy contractor to a civilian Navy employee who prosecutors say then bumped up funding to the contractor.
Prosecutors say the scheme cost the Navy between $7 million and $20 million.
The case prompted an internal Navy investigation that resulted in military officials in Washington suspending the contracting authority of Newport's Naval Undersea Warfare Center. The Navy said a host of contracting problems at the facility enabled the scheme.