Navy com­man­der to plead guilty in mas­sive bribery case

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SAN DIEGO — A Navy com­man­der ac­cused of ac­cept­ing pros­ti­tu­tion ser­vices, theatre tick­ets and other gifts from a Malaysian con­trac­tor in ex­change for di­vert­ing ships to ports where the busi­ness­man’s com­pany could sub­mit fake tar­iffs and other fees has de­cided to plead guilty. Lawyer Mark Adams says his client, Michael Misiewicz, will en­ter the plea Thurs­day at an af­ter­noon hear­ing in fed­eral court in San Diego. Seven other de­fen­dants have pleaded guilty in the case cen­tred on Leonard Fran­cis, nick­named “Fat Leonard” be­cause of his wide girth. One de­fen­dant has pleaded not guilty. Pros­e­cu­tors say Fran­cis of­fered theatre tick­ets, pros­ti­tutes and plane tick­ets to Navy of­fi­cials for clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion that helped his Sin­ga­pore-based com­pany, Glenn De­fence Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA, over­bill the Navy by at least $20 mil­lion.

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