back to article From Motown to lockdown: Detroit bathroom bung IT exec gets one year in the clink

The CEO of a Detroit-area IT firm will be spending the next 12 months behind bars for bribery. Parimal Mehta was given the month prison term on Monday, along with a year of supervised release and a $10,000 fine. Earlier this year he pled guilty to one count of federal program bribery. While working as the CEO of FutureNet …

  1. NanoMeter

    The obvious question

    What would RoboCop do?

    1. James O'Shea

      Re: The obvious question

      Give them less than the 20 seconds to comply that that softie ED-209 would insist on.

      1. chivo243 Silver badge
        Coffee/keyboard

        Re: The obvious question

        @James O'Shea

        +1 is never enough for an ED-209 comment.

        you owe me a keyboard for the softie bit!

        1. Fatman
          Thumb Up

          Re: +1 is never enough for an ED-209 comment.

          I gave him one, because I too appreciated the reference.

    2. Sceptic Tank Bronze badge
      Terminator

      Re: The obvious question

      Give that man a hand!

  2. Mr Fix.

    The economy must be really bad in Detroit for someone to risk imprisonment for 30k USD over 7 years.

    1. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      for someone to risk imprisonment for 30k USD over 7 years

      No-one ever suggested that all criminals were smart..

    2. The Nazz

      "The economy must be really bad in Detroit for someone to risk imprisonment for 30k USD over 7 years."

      That they know of.

      Let's suppose the true figure was more like $300,000 +. How many would own up to that?

  3. BebopWeBop Silver badge
    Facepalm

    The US legal system is puzzling (well maybe) in its inconsistencies. While I applaud this type of action and the outcomes, a combination of a plea system that is open to misuse (especially if you are not extremely rich) and the 'inexplicable' excusing of many of its prominent citizens behaviour is bizarre. Law vs Justice (and justice comes a poor second).

  4. jmch Silver badge

    'behind bars'

    "...will be spending the next 12 months behind bars for bribery.

    Parimal Mehta was given the month prison term on Monday, along with a year of supervised release and a $10,000 fine".

    How does 1 month prison and 1 year supervised release translate to "12 months behind bars"?

    Also, $10k fine? As per the article, this guy was paying thousands of $ in bribes, presumably with the intent on getting a far higher rate of return. And if this was going on for many years (before 2013), then at least some of that projected 'ROI' must have already been realised. Given the context, $10k fine on it's own seems rather low, unless this was also accompanied by the city clawing back payments from any contracts they signed with the guy's firm.

  5. Erik4872

    Doesn't this happen all the time?

    My assumption was that resellers and IT services companies do this all the time...was this exposed because someone got sloppy?

    I've worked in large IT organizations with a single-source mom and pop reseller handing all purchases. As in, you can't get a PO approved if it's not through this company. There has to be some sort of bribery, kickback scheme, whatever in place. Government IT positions must be far worse.

    Seriously, isn't this just how the reseller business works?

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