Saturday, September 21, 2013

U.S. Navy Commander, Navy Contractor and Navy Criminal Investigator Arrested In International Bribery Scheme

The Washington Times offers a piece on a bribery scheme.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy contractor, a naval commander and a Navy criminal investigator were arrested and charged with conspiracy in a bribery scheme to reap millions of dollars in port contracts worldwide, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Leonard Francis, the contractor, was arrested Monday in San Diego; Cmdr. Michael V. Misiewcz was arrested in Colorado; and John Beliveau II, a supervisory special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, was arrested in Virginia, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. Each faces up to five years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery.

An email seeking comment from an NCIS spokesman wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday evening.
Mr. Francis,  a Malaysian national who lives in Singapore, is the president and CEO of
Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia LTD., which has had “husbanding” contracts for Navy ships at ports worldwide for 25 years. 

The contracts — one of which was worth up to $125 million — involve providing services for ships and submarines in port, such as providing tugboats, security and transportation; paying customs fees; supplying food, fuel and water; and removing trash.

Prosecutors contend that Mr. Francis conspired to bribe the other men with luxury travel, prostitutes and gifts in exchange for information that allowed him to overcharge on port contracts by millions of dollars.

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