US wants suspects in navy bribery scandal extradited
THE United States has sought the extradition of two former executives of a Singapore-based defence contractor at the centre of a bribery scandal that has rocked the US Navy.
A spokesperson for Singapore’s Attorney General’s Chambers told AFP the office has “received extradition requests from the US government” for the former executives of Glenn Defence Marine Asia (GDMA).
“AGC has acted on these requests and the matter is now fixed for committal hearing before the State Courts on September 21, 2016,” she said.
A US Department of Justice statement said Neil Peterson and Linda Raja, both Singaporeans, were charged in San Diego, California, in relation to the scandal which has tarnished top US naval officers.
GDMA owner Leonard Glenn Francis is awaiting sentencing in the US after he admitted in January last year that his company, which provided port services, plied naval officers with cash, prostitutes and Kobe beef to ensure US Navy ships stopped at ports where GDMA operated.
Mr Peterson, 38, was the Singapore-based firm’s vice president for global operations while Ms Raja, 43, was the general manager for Singapore, Australia and the Pacific.
Both are accused of conspiring with Mr Francis to defraud the US Navy by submitting more than US$5 million in false claims and invoices and working to perpetuate and cover up their fraud. –