BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - The former chief executive officer, Parimal D. Mehta, 54, of FutureNet Group (FNG), a Detroit, Michigan-based Technology and Perimeter Security company, has been indicted for his role in masterminding a scheme to bribe a public official of the City of Detroit to obtain benefits for FNG. He is charged in an 11-count indictment with five counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, one count of federal program bribery, and five counts of unlawfully using interstate facilities to commit bribery under Michigan law.
According to the indictment filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, Mehta made multiple cash payments to Charles L. Dodd, the former Director of Detroit’s Office of Departmental Technology Services, from 2009 through 2016, and is also alleged to have hired Dodd’s relatives at FutureNet and its subsidiaries. Dodd pleaded guilty to bribery on Sept. 27, 2016. The indictment alleges that Mehta bribed Dodd in exchange for city contracts, and confidential information about the city's internal budgets for specific technology projects. FNG received approximately $7.5 million from Detroit in 2015 and 2016 for services rendered.
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