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Ga. man pleads guilty in RI Navy kickbacks case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A Georgia man has admitted to his role in a kickbacks scheme that prosecutors say cost the Navy $7 million to $20 million.Patrick Nagle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery at a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence. He will be sentenced March 1.

The 51-year-old Marietta, Ga., resident is a former executive at Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, a defunct company with offices in Rhode Island and Georgia that had Navy contracts. He's accused of making payments on invoices that were inflated by two subcontractors given Navy work by his firm over an 11-year period.

Nagle has agreed to cooperate with investigators. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.