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U.S. Navy Commander, NCIS Agent Accused in Bribery Scheme

A U.S. Navy commander, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and a Singapore-based provider of services for American ships in Asia were charged in a bribery-kickback scheme involving prostitutes.

Leonard Glenn Francis, the chief executive officer of Glenn Defense Marine (Asia), provided travel expenses, entertainment and prostitutes to Navy Commander Michael Misiewicz in exchange for classified information about where U.S. ships would come to port and his recommendation that ships visit ports preferred by Francis, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 13 in federal court in San Diego.

Francis was arrested in San Diego Sept. 16 and Misiewicz in Colorado, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego. John Beliveau, the NCIS agent who is accused of collecting information on a U.S. investigation into Glenn Defense Marine for Francis, was arrested in Virginia, according to the statement.

Beliveau received a three-week trip in Asia, prostitutes and a laptop for his girlfriend from Francis, according to the complaint.

Glenn Defense Marine held Navy contracts for 25 years, with the most recent awarded in June 2011 to provide services to Navy ships and submarines in Southeast Asia, the U.S. said. The company’s services include providing for tugboats, fenders, customs fees, food, fuel, water and trash removal.

Service Commitments

The bribery scheme involves “hundreds of millions of dollars” in defense contracts, prosecutors said. All three men are charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and face as long as five years in prison. The investigation is continuing, according to the statement.

“I’m afraid we’re not familiar with the charges as we just found out about them yesterday,” Valeriane Toon, a Singapore-based spokeswoman at Glenn Marine Group said. “It’s business as usual for us. Our obligation is to ensure that our service commitments continue as per normal.”

Glenn Defense Marine has supported “tens of thousands of navy ships in more than 60 ports over the last 67 years,” according to the company’s website.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a spokesman for the Navy, declined to comment on the case. Contact information for lawyers for the three men wasn’t immediately available from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego. Phone listings weren’t available for Misiewicz in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Beliveau in Woodbridge, Virginia.

The cases are U.S. v. Francis, 13-mj-3456 and 13-mj-3457, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).

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