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US navy commander arrested in bribery scandal
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:13:50 PM »

WASHINGTON: A high-ranking US navy official has been charged with accepting prostitutes, luxury travel and $100,000 in cash from a foreign defence contractor in exchange for classified and internal navy information.

US navy commander Jose Luis Sanchez, 41, was arrested in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday and made his initial appearance in federal court in the Middle District of Florida yesterday, becoming the third official to be arrested in the scandal.

Federal authorities have also arrested Leonard Glenn Francis, 49, CEO of the Malaysia-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), which has operating locations in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and the United States.

Francis was arrested on September 16, 2013, in San Diego. Two other senior navy officials - commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 46, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service Supervisory special agent John Bertrand Beliveau II, 44 - have been charged separately in connection with bribery allegations.

GDMA executive Alex Wisidagama, 40, of Singapore, has also been charged with participating in a related scheme to overbill the Navy for services provided in ports throughout Southeast Asia.

"As described in the corruption charges unsealed today, senior officials with the United States navy abused their trusted positions as leaders in our armed forces by peddling favorable treatment - and even classified government information - for their personal benefit," said acting assistant attorney general Maithili Raman.

"In turn, the GDMA executives who illicitly sought information and favours from those navy officials boasted about their unlawful access to those officials and then traded on the influence that they illegally bought. 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," she said.

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