The ex-CEO of FutureNet Group Inc., an information technology company based in Detroit, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit`to orchestrating a scheme to bribe a Detroit city official. Two bribery payments were made in a restaurant restroom in the Detroit area in 2016.
Parimal D. Mehta, 54, of Northville, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of federal program bribery before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland. Sentencing is set for Sept. 27.
According to his plea, from 2009 through August 2016, Mehta hand-delivered more than $6,500 to Charles L. Dodd, the former director of Detroit’s Office of Departmental Technology Services, the Justice Department alleged.
Under the bribery scheme, Mehta sought preferential treatment for FutureNet and asked that it be selected to fill open positions for contract personnel and to implement particular technological projects in various city departments.
Mehta also asked Dodd to supply him with confidential information regarding Detroit’s internal operations, including information about the city’s internal budgets for particular technology projects and personnel, with the hopes it would give FutureNet an edge in its dealings with Detroit.