Ex-Detroit tech CEO pleads guilty to bribery

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
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A former chief executive officer of a Detroit-based technology company pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribing a city official, officials said. 

Parimal Mehta, 54, of Northville, pleaded guilty to one count of federal program bribery before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan. 

Mehta, former CEO of FutureNet Group Inc., orchestrated a scheme to bribe Charles Dodd Jr., former director of Detroit's Office of Departmental Technology Services.

The CEO sought preferential treatment for FutureNet and asked Dodd to cause FutureNet to be selected to fill open city contract positions in exchange for the bribes, prosecutors said in a news release. 

Mehta also asked Dodd to supply confidential information regarding Detroit's internal operations, budgets for technology projects and personnel to help FutureNet in its dealings with Detroit.

The scheme went on from 2009 though August 2016, when Mehta hand-delivered more than $6,500 to Dodd, including two cash bribes paid in a Detroit restaurant restroom in 2016, according to a news release. 

Dodd, 46, of Canton Township, pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2016, to accepting more than $29,500 in bribes from two informational technology companies providing services to the city.

Mehta's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 27.


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