Singapore firm barred from US contracts over bribery case - Navy

Singapore firm barred from US contracts over bribery case - Navy
Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd

WASHINGTON - A Singapore-based company involved in a US Navy bribery scandal has been barred from doing business with the federal government and has had nine Navy contracts worth $205 million (S$255 million) terminated for cause, a Navy official said on Monday.

Glenn Defence Marine Asia Ltd and its chief executive, Leonard Glenn Francis, were barred on Sept. 19 from contracting with the US government and from receiving benefits of federal assistance programs, the official said on condition of anonymity.

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 in September 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 (NCIS) agent. The three 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 Oct. 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, the Navy has said.

Misiewicz, who was born in Cambodia during the Vietnam War and rose to become captain of a US Navy destroyer, was charged with accepting paid travel, the services of prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from GDMA, prosecutors in southern California said last month.

Prosecutors 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.

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