2013年11月19日火曜日

NAVY Fraud and Bribery

米海軍で贈収賄と詐欺があったようだ。

Fat Leonard
・Leonard Glenn Francis 男性
 Glenn Defense Marine Asia(GDMA) CEO
・1984 4月
 ペナンで、拳銃二丁と弾丸 防弾チョッキの不法所持、強盗計画で逮捕。
 保釈金を支払い保釈。逃走。逮捕。
 三年後、強盗計画容疑は取消し。
・おとり捜査で逮捕。
・機密の代償に海軍上層部への売春やLady GAGAコンサートチケット、
 現金、豪華旅行の贈賄容疑。
・SEALsへのライフルサイレンサ8,000ドル相当を160万ドルとして購入契約
 を結び、詐欺容疑。
・関係者
 Jose Luis Sanchez 男性41才 海軍司令官
  米海軍機密情報を提供し、売春と10万ドルの収賄容疑。
  第七艦隊司令官 横須賀赴任2009年から始まる。
 Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz 男性 海軍司令官
  軍艦航路情報を提供。艦船をアジアの港に誘導した。
 John Bertrand Beliveau II 男性44才 NCIS Supervisory agent
  贈収賄摘発調査への対応やアドバイスと引換えに売春。
 Alex Wisidagama 男性40才 GDMA General Manager
  逮捕。

Wolf Pack
・海軍友人とクアラルンプール・シンガポール旅行をFat Leonardに依頼。
 承諾。
・USS Mustinはタイの港に寄航し、GDMAより100万ドル以上の燃料を購入。

軍人は官僚とは異なると思ったが、結局、役人だったようだ。
東京で開催されたLady GAGAのコンサートチケットを融通。
41才の司令官だから、Lady GAGAが好きなのか。
米国財政赤字で、軍事費削減しても、結局、無駄遣い。
日本では、官僚がよく行った犯行だが、米国では軍人が行うようだ。

命令に従わない司令官や機密情報を提供し、悦楽に浸る司令官。
海軍だからだろうか。
NCIS捜査官も関与とのこと。

秘密保護法に違反する米軍と共同作戦を願い、秘密保護法を立案する
日本政府。自衛隊もどんな顔して、米軍と共同作戦をするのだろうか。

米軍 性的暴行問題
US Army Soldier as Sex Slave
US Military Human Resources 2013
NSA OPs Keep Allies Safe
特定秘密保護法案と情報公開法


3 arrested in Navy 'Fat Leonard' scandal


---Navy Contracting Scandal Includes Deal for SEALs---
Nov 13, 2013
Military.com| by Richard Sisk
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/11/13/navy-contracting-scandal-includes-deal-for-seals.html?comp=700001075741&rank=1

The Navy contracting scandal has broadened to include three civilian intelligence officials under investigation for an alleged scam on a $1.6 million deal to buy rifle silencers for the SEALs that cost $8,000 to produce, the Washington Post reported.

The investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Alexandria, Va., followed on separate disclosures last Friday by the Navy that two admirals from Navy intelligence were under investigation for their ties to an alleged business hustler known as "Fat Leonard" who has been arrested on charges of bribing officers with prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and cash.

"We take seriously all allegations of wrongdoing and investigate them thoroughly," said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the chief of Naval Information, in a statement.

Kirby said that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus "has made it clear that he holds senior leaders in the Navy Department accountable to high standards of ethics and conduct."

The latest allegations involved three Navy senior civilian officials who oversaw classified intelligence. The three civilians allegedly arranged for a $1.6 million contract to go to the brother of one of them for the production of rifle silencers for the SEALs that cost only $8,000 to make, according to the Washington Post report that cited court documents.

The latest allegations of waste and fraud in Navy contracting comes as the Navy and the other services were locked in a long-running debate with Congress on maintaining funding and avoiding scheduled budget cuts that could take $52 billion out of defense spending next year.

In a statement late Friday, the Navy said that Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the Director of Naval Intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, Director of Intelligence Operations, were being suspended from access to classified material.

The suspensions were "based upon the nature of allegations against Adms. Branch and Loveless in connection with an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigation into illegal and improper relations" with Leonard Francis, the chief executive officer of Glenn Defense Marine.

The Singapore-based Francis, dubbed "Fat Leonard" in the Pacific fleet, allegedly bribed officers for years for information on the port visits of ships that could be serviced by his company. Francis was arrested in San Diego last month in a sting operation.

At a Pentagon briefing Tuesday, George Little, the Pentagon spokesman, said of the Navy scandals that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Secretary Hagel "has been regularly briefed on these matters and these troubling allegations."

"I'm not sure that he's ready to assign or label or characterize the allegations as systemic at this point. I think we have to let the investigation proceed," Little said. He noted that "it was the U.S. Navy itself that discovered these problems and has investigated them. So I think they deserve credit for looking after these problems themselves."

"This wasn't some outside agency or department coming in to look at these deeply troubling issues," Little said. "It was NCIS that took the lead, and we believe that they're holding people's feet to the fire."

In recent Capitol Hill hearings, the Navy has come under withering criticism for the way it does business in contracting and the resulting cost overruns in an era of fiscal constraints.

"We're tapped out," Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of Naval Operations, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last Thursday in pleading for another $500 million for work on the new carrier, the Gerald R. Ford.

In response, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it was difficult to justify another $500 million for the new carrier given the $2 billion in cost overruns already incurred in building the Ford.

"You didn't mention that we have a $2 billion cost overrun in the Gerald R. Ford," McCain told Greenert. "Tell me, has anybody been fired from their job as a result of a $2 billion cost overrun of an aircraft carrier?"

Greenert responded: "I don't know, senator. I'll find out."

"You don't know?" McCain said. "Actually, you should know - you should know, Admiral, when we have a $2 billion cost overrun on a single ship, and now you're asking for $500 million more."


---Man at center of Navy bribery scandal won contracts despite criminal past---
By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 13, 2013
http://www.stripes.com/news/man-at-center-of-navy-bribery-scandal-won-contracts-despite-criminal-past-1.252638

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan - The man allegedly behind the ever-expanding Navy bribery scandal involving prostitutes and luxury travel is a convict in his home country, but that did not disqualify him from bidding on and winning U.S. Navy contracts, Navy officials told Stars and Stripes this week.

The CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia, Leonard Glenn Francis - otherwise known as “Fat Leonard” - pleaded guilty to three firearms charges in Penang, Malaysia, in April 1986 when he was in his 20s, according to the New Straits Times newspaper, which covered the court proceedings. Francis was charged with illegally possessing two .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolvers, 14 rounds of .38-caliber bullets and a bullet-proof vest. He was also charged with three counts of robbery.

It remains unclear why someone with a history of weapons convictions and robbery charges would be entrusted with providing millions of dollars in services for the U.S. Navy or given access to high ranking Navy officials. Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials confirmed the authenticity of the reports this week but said that being a convicted felon doesn’t bar you from bidding on U.S. Navy contracts. It is not against the law.

The U.S. Navy and its background checking agency, the Acquisition Integrity Office, declined comment.

After Francis pleaded guilty in 1986, Sessions Court president Madam Ho Mooi Ching fined and released him on bond despite the seriousness of his crimes, the paper reported.

Francis was arrested again as he left the court, this time on the robbery charges, the paper reported. He pleaded not guilty to conspiring with others to rob several individuals of more than $500,000. Again, he was released on bond.

Three years later, a different judge struck down the ruling for the weapons charges as being “inadequate” and not in the public’s interest, the New Straits Times reported. Francis was then sentenced to receive three years in jail and six strokes of the rotan.

There were no media reports detailing whether the lashing was carried out, if he served jail time or the outcome in the robbery cases. Francis could not be reached for comment.

Francis is at the center of the growing Navy fraud and bribery scandal where classified information and contracts were meted out for cash, prostitutes, luxury travel and even Lady Gaga concert tickets, according to prosecutors.

High-ranking Navy officials would allegedly steer Navy assets to international ports with lax oversight, where GDMA would overcharge the Navy for millions of dollars in services. At the same time, GDMA allegedly submitted false bids from competitors for non-fixed price items like fuel and trash collection so they could drive up their price. They also allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for tariffs from non-existent port authorities.

Francis, GDMA’s general manager for global government contracts Alex Wisidagama, Navy captain select Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, Navy Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez, as well as NCIS supervisory agent John Bertrand Beliveau II have been arrested in the case.

Misiewicz, Beliveau and Francis have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Sanchez and Wisidagama have yet to appear in court to face the charges.

Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek was relieved of his command aboard the Sasebo-based amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard on Oct. 2 when Navy officials learned he was under investigation in the case. He has not been charged with a crime.


---Navy Investigating Alleged Ties Between Officers, Contractor---
By Julian E. Barnes
20131109
http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-379357/

Temporary Leave for Two Admirals Follows Criminal Charges for Three Officials

A Navy investigation involving alleged ties between high-ranking officers and a military contractor is climbing higher into the service's ranks.

A Navy investigation involving alleged ties between high-ranking officers and a military contractor is climbing higher into the service’s ranks, with senior officials warning that more members are likely to be ensnared in the legal proceedings.

Last week, two admirals were denied access to classified information and placed on temporary leave as the Navy investigates allegations of corrupt business practices and bribes. Three Navy officials and the chief executive of a Singapore-based military contractor have been criminally charged, and another officer has been stripped of his command.

“We do believe there will be more Naval officers and perhaps Navy civilians implicated in this growing scandal,” said Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s chief spokesman. “I don’t think anyone can predict where this is going to take us; we just don’t know.”

The matter involves Glenn Defense Marine, a company that provides what is called “husbanding” service to Navy ships, including fuel, provisions, tugboat services and even some port security. Federal prosecutors have charged that the Singapore company’s CEO, Leonard Glenn Francis, provided Naval officers with money, prostitutes, plane fare and concert tickets in an effort to learn information about ship deployments and to steer vessels to ports where the firm was in position to service the vessels at above-market rates.

A representative of Glenn Defense declined to comment. Mr. Francis has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. His attorney didn’t respond to requests for comment on Monday.

Navy officials said they don’t have an accounting of how much the alleged improprieties may have cost taxpayers, but the company, which has worked with the Navy since 1995, has gotten hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts, according to government records. Adm. Kirby said the firm has been suspended from future contracts.

Investigators also want to know if foreign governments could have gained access to the ships’ information, officials said.

The highest-ranking officers affected by the investigation are Vice Adm. Ted Branch, Director of Naval Intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, Director of Intelligence Operations. They haven’t been stripped of position or formally accused. However, the Navy said Friday it was suspending their access to all classified material because of the investigation into Glenn Defense.

Adm. Loveless declined to comment. Adm. Bruce, through a spokesman, said he was aware of the investigation and intended to cooperate.

Federal prosecutors already have charged Cmdr. Michael Misiewicz, a Naval Academy graduate and native of Cambodia, of providing Mr. Francis with classified information about ship movements. Another Navy commander, Jose Luis Sanchez, was charged with providing classified information in exchange for prostitutes, luxury travel and $100,000 in cash.

A senior agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, John Bertrand Beliveau II, was charged with tipping off Mr. Francis about various inquiries.

An attorney for Cmdr. Misiewicz, who has pleaded not guilty, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Vincent Ward, an attorney for Cmdr. Sanchez, said his client hasn’t been required to enter a plea. Mr. Ward declined to discuss the case but said his client continued to work at his Navy job.

An attorney for Mr. Beliveau, Gretchen von Helms, said she couldn’t discuss the case but noted her client has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


---3 Navy Officials Now Charged With Taking Bribes---
SAN DIEGO November 7, 2013 (AP)
By JULIE WATSON Associated Press
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/navy-officer-arrested-bribery-scheme-20809621

 The number of senior U.S. Navy officials accused of swapping secrets for bribes that included cash, prostitutes and high-end travel has grown to three.

Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez in Tampa, Fla. and will seek to have him sent to San Diego to face allegations that he accepted $100,000 in cash, visits from prostitutes and other bribes from a Malaysian contractor.

Prosecutors allege that in exchange for the bribes, the 41-year-old Sanchez passed on classified U.S. Navy information to Leonard Glenn Francis, known in Navy circles as "Fat Leonard," the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA.

Sanchez's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Francis's company has serviced Navy ships in the Pacific for 25 years and is accused of overbilling the Pentagon by millions. His contracts have now been suspended.

The arrest marks the latest development in the case rocking the Navy. The accusations signal serious national security breaches and corruption and has set off high-level meetings at the Pentagon with the threat that more people, including those of higher ranks, could be swept up as the investigation continues. A hearing Nov. 8 could set a trial date.

"According to the allegations in this case, a number of officials were willing to sacrifice their integrity and millions of taxpayer dollars for personal gratification," U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said after Wednesday's arrest.

The two other senior officials arrested in recent weeks in the case are Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz - who like Sanchez, is accused of giving Francis' company confidential information about Navy ship routes - and a senior Navy investigator, John Beliveau II.

Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that Beliveau, 44, kept Francis abreast of the bribery probe and advised him on how to respond in exchange for such things as prostitution services.

GDMA overcharged the Navy millions of dollars for fuel, food and other services it provided, and invented tariffs by using phony port authorities, prosecutors say.

Misiewicz and Francis moved Navy vessels like chess pieces, diverting aircraft carriers, destroyers and other ships to Asian ports with lax oversight where Francis could inflate costs, the criminal complaint alleges.

Francis, 49, was arrested in San Diego in September. A few weeks later, authorities arrested his company's general manager of global government contracts, Alex Wisidagama, 40.

Misiewicz, Beliveau, Francis and Wisidagama have pleaded not guilty. Their defense attorneys declined to comment.

Court records allege that Sanchez regularly emailed Francis internal Navy discussions about GDMA, including legal opinions, and made recommendations in GDMA's favor about port visits and Navy personnel assignments.

The conspiracy began in January 2009, when Sanchez was the deputy logistics officer for the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, according to charging documents.

Francis hired prostitutes for Sanchez and friends on multiple occasions, according to the investigation.

In one 2009 email exchange, Sanchez and Francis discussed a trip Sanchez planned to take to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with Navy friends he called his "Wolf Pack," according to the complaint. They discussed the number of rooms the "Wolf Pack" needed, and Sanchez asked Francis for pictures of prostitutes for "motivation." Francis replied that he would take care of it.

A few days later, Sanchez sent a Facebook message to Francis saying, "Yummy ... daddy like," according to charging documents.

Shortly after that, Francis sent an email asking Sanchez to help "swing" business his way regarding a U.S. Navy ship's need to refuel in Thailand.

As a result, the USS Mustin paid more than $1 million for fuel from GDMA at the Thai port - more than twice what the fuel should have cost, prosecutors allege.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman said the GDMA executives "boasted" about their unlawful dealings, which could bring five years in prison if they're convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery.

"Day by day, this massive Navy fraud and bribery investigation continues to widen, and as the charges announced today show, we will follow the evidence wherever it takes us," he said.

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