PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former executive who pleaded guilty to playing a part in a kickback scheme that cost the U.S. Navy $18 million has asked to delay her sentencing for two weeks so she can gather more letters of support.

A lawyer for Mary O'Rourke filed the request with U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi on Monday. O'Rourke pleaded guilty to theft of government property and is scheduled to be sentenced next week along with her boyfriend, Ralph M. Mariano.

O'Rourke was an executive at Georgia-based Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, which had an office in Middletown and has since gone out of business. Mariano was a civilian employee of the Navy and has acknowledged he authorized payments to ASFT and others in exchange for kickbacks.

Six people have pleaded guilty in the case, but none have been sentenced.

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