Singapore firm barred from US contracts over bribery

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 11:41am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 2:04am

A Singapore-based company involved in a US Navy bribery scandal has been barred from doing business with the US federal government and has had nine navy contracts worth US$205 million terminated, a Navy official said.

Glenn Defense Marine Asia and its chief executive, Leonard Glenn Francis, were barred on September 19 from contracting with the US government and from receiving benefits of federal assistance programmes, the official said, speaking anonymously.

GDMA was the US Navy's chief husbanding agent in the Pacific Rim, organising logistics such as tugboats, security, fuel, waste removal and other services for port calls by navy ships in the region.

The navy suspension came in response to a criminal complaint in the US District Court in southern California last month that accused Francis of bribing government employees in exchange for confidential information related to navy contracts.

Francis was arrested in mid-September as were Navy Commander Michael Misiewicz and John Beliveau, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent. All were charged with conspiracy in a bribery scheme, the Navy said.

Separately, Captain Daniel Dusek, commander of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, was relieved of duty on October 2 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. Dusek has not been charged with a crime but is under investigation in the case.

Misiewicz was charged with accepting paid travel, the services of prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from GDMA, Californian prosecutors said last month.

They accused Misiewicz, 46, of sending Francis classified information, including ship movements, and helping arrange visits by US Navy vessels to ports where GDMA had contracts.

Francis was arrested in San Diego last month, while Misiewicz was taken into custody in Colorado and Beliveau in Virginia. All three face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted at trial.