US Navy Bribery Scandal: Prostitution, Confidential Info on Ship’s Ports, Overcharging, Lady GaGa Tickets!

The reporting on this story is confusing but here we go. Three people were arrested in September under the authority of  US Attorney Laura E. Duffy. Charges document that confidential information was given to the contractor. A shorter story is that an Asian contractor bribed a Naval Commander and investigator for info on ship deployments and “pressed” (not sure what that means) a “high-ranking commander to steer aircraft carriers and other vessels to ports where his firm could easily OVERCHARGE the Navy. Prostitution and tickets to see Lady GaGa are mentioned.

Admiral Gary Roughead and Leonard Francis

Admiral Gary Roughead and Leonard Francis (Roughead is retired not implicated in the bribery case)

The three are Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. (GDMA), US Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz and NCIS Supervisory Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II.

According to one of the criminal complaints, Misiewicz and Francis allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to commit bribery. As part of the conspiracy, Misiewicz sent to Francis information that the Navy had classified as “Confidential,” including schedules reflecting the movements of Navy ships months in advance. Misiewicz also operated as an advocate within the Navy for GDMA’s interests, urging decisions about port visits and contractor usage that were designed to benefit GDMA. In return, Francis provided Misiewicz with paid travel, luxury hotel stays and prostitution services. To communicate with Francis privately, Misiewicz set up a special personal email account with a name that included Francis’s
initials. . . .

As set forth in another complaint, Beliveau and Francis allegedly entered into a separate bribery conspiracy. As part of that conspiracy, Beliveau provided Francis with confidential information about the NCIS criminal fraud investigation into GDMA by secretly downloading reports from the NCIS database and conveying the information to Francis. Beliveau also allegedly provided Francis guidance as to how to deal with NCIS inquiries. In exchange, Francis provided Beliveau with, among other things, paid travel, luxury hotel stays and prostitution services.

Francis is alleged to have paid [bribed] Misiewicz and Beliveau with “luxury travel and prostitutes in exchange for confidential information and other assistance in relation to HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NAVY CONTRACTS.

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Francis, a Malaysian national who resides in Singapore, is the chief executive officer and president of Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. (GDMA), a multi-national corporation
with headquarters in Singapore and operating locations in other countries, including Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and the United States.

GDMA provides hundreds of millions of dollars in “husbanding” services to the U.S. Navy,
which involves the coordinating, scheduling and procurement of items and services required by ships and submarines when they arrive at port.

These services include, for example, providing tugboats and fenders; paying port authority and customs fees; furnishing security and transportation; supplying provisions, fuel and water; and removing trash and collecting liquid waste.

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Misiewicz . . . is a commander and captain-select in the U.S. Navy, assigned to U.S. Northern Command located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Before this position, he served as the deputy operations officer for the U.S. Commander, Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Blue Ridge.

The Seventh Fleet’s area of operations consists of 48 million square miles extending from Japan to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and from Vladivostok, Russia, to Australia.

As the deputy operations officer, Misiewicz had high-level exposure to the operational planning for ships in the Seventh Fleet and for any U.S. Navy ship traveling through the Seventh Fleet’s area of responsibility. He also held influence in determining or modifying the schedule of port visits for U.S. Navy vessels.

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Beliveau, 44, is a supervisory special agent for NCIS at Quantico, Va. In that position, he has
had access to the internal NCIS database containing investigative reporting, including reports into an investigation by NCIS into possible fraud committed by GDMA in billing the U.S. Navy under its contracts.

All of the above is from the Duffy document linked in the first paragraph.

The Washington Post calls the scandal “a massive overbilling scheme run by an Asian defense contractor that provided prostitutes and other kickbacks.”

Misiewicz is said to be an an adopted American-Cambodian who survived the “killing fields” as a child and commanded the US warship USS Mustin at one time.

According to court papers filed by federal prosecutors in San Diego, Francis and others in his company targeted Navy personnel serving in Asia and plied them with prostitutes, cash, luxury hotel rooms, plane tickets and, on one occasion last year, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand.

In exchange, Francis sought inside information on ship deployments and pressed at least one high-ranking commander to steer aircraft carriers and other vessels to ports where his firm could easily overcharge the Navy for pierside services, the court documents allege. Source: The Washington Post

Stars and Stripes:

The accusations represent a stunning career turn for Misiewicz, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who received international media attention in 2010 for his personal story as an adopted Cambodian- American who returned to Cambodia at the USS Mustin’s helm.

When ships were headed to Singapore and other ports Francis considered less profitable, Misiewicz attempted to get port visits rescheduled to Francis’ ports of choice, including Sepangar, Malaysia, and Laem Chebang, Thailand.

“Misiewicz had high-level exposure to the operational planning for ships in the Seventh Fleet and for any U.S. Navy ship traveling through [7th Fleet’s] area of responsibility,” the complaint states. “Misiewicz also wielded influence in determining or modifying the schedule of port visits for U.S. Navy vessels.”

The Old Salt Blog names the ships steered by Misiewicz to where they apparently should not have been: the aircraft carriers USS George Washington and USS John C. Stennis, the USS Blue Ridge and other ships to ports served by ports chosen by Glenn Defense Marine Asia, or GDMA . . .

Thanks to the Mad Jewess for this story. She asks if two more have been thrown under the Obama bus.

In the last couple of months two high-ranking nuclear commanders were removed – one for using “counterfeit” gambling chips. Really?

An Admiral was fired for “making racially insensitive comments.” Profanity from a sailor. So shocking.

Infidelity has seen the demise of at least two. Don’t you wonder what Ike would think about that?

And perhaps the worst, Army General Carter Ham was relieved of duty within minutes of refusing to “stand down” in Benghazi on September 11, 2013. I heard Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods father on Huckabee tonight. He said he asked a reporter (I believe he said reporter) on the scene the night his son died about the “stand down” orders – is it true that orders to do nothing were given? He was told the order to “stand down” was given THREE times. Tyrone Woods went to Benghazi anyway. Little doubt that Ham was dismissed for trying to implement the normal “standing order to rescue.” The list of stories like these is long.

Daniel Greenfield writing at FrontPage Mag has a current story on some of the casualties. Here’s a big one (read more here):

General McKiernan was fired for the same offense that General McArthur had been targeted during the Korean War: He had demanded competency from an incompetent Democrat.

McKiernan had embarrassed Obama by demanding more troops to fight the war. The situation came to a head as General McKiernan pressed an indecisive Obama to make a decision. It was a devastating scene for an administration which had covered its pivot away from Iraq with concern trolling about winning in Afghanistan. The troops would be delivered, but McKiernan would pay the price.

General McKiernan’s firing was put down to the need for fresh ideas. McKiernan was deemed too “old school” because he wanted to fight an old-fashioned war against the Taliban while Obama Inc. believed that the war couldn’t be won by beating the Taliban, but by winning the hearts and minds of Afghans. It was a fashionable and doomed strategy that required sacrificing the lives and limbs of thousands of American soldiers to political correctness.

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