- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DETROIT (AP) - The owner of an information technology firm has been indicted in a scheme that allowed the company to get preferential treatment on contracts with the city of Detroit.

The Justice Department says Wednesday that 54-year-old Parimal Mehta faces bribery and mail and wire fraud charges.

His FutureNet Group, Inc. supplied contract personnel in 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 says that between 2009 and 2016 multiple cash payments were made to then-city information technology 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.

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