A U.S. Navy commander, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and a Singapore-based defense contractor are being accused in two bribery cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts with payoffs including luxury travel and prostitution. Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz (left), NCIS Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II, and contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. in Singapore were all arrested, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego, California.
According to prosecutors, Misiewicz, 46, allegedly used his position as a deputy operations officer of the U.S. 7th Fleet to help schedule visits of U.S. Navy ships to ports where Francis’ company provided services like fuel, security, and transportation. In return, Francis allegedly provided Misiewicz with paid travel, luxury hotels, and prostitution services. Allegedly, Misiewicz also provided Francis, a citizen of Malaysia, with confidential information. This information that could harm U.S. national security interests was a detailed account of ship movements months in advance, according to prosecutors.
Beliveau, 44, allegedly provided Francis with information about an NCIS fraud investigation into his company. Francis allegedly provided Beliveau with the same amenities in exchange, including paid travel, luxury hotels, and prostitution services. Beliveau allegedly traveled to Bangkok, Thailand using Francis’ travel agent. No evidence was found that Beliveau paid for his hotel or travel.
In documented e-mail correspondence between Beliveau and Francis, Francis attached the picture of the escort he hired to entertain Beliveau, saying “Joyce your kinda Babe?” and Beliveau responded, “Nice. You bet. Hopefuly I’m her kinda guy, hehe.”
The complaint alleges that Beliveau received a 3-day trip to Thailand, escort included (all of her expenses were also allegedly paid), a laptop, and a 3-week, 5-country trip through Asia. In exchange, Beliveau allegedly saved 125 NCIS investigative reports to his government computer. The reports were in connection to the NCIS investigation into Glenn Defense Marine Asia. After the downloads, the CD burner was activated. The affidavit alleges that Beliveau burned the documents to a CD so that he could discreetly transport them out of the NCIS office. The special agent who wrote the affidavit wrote that there is no “direct proof” that Beliveau gave Francis the downloaded documents.
The three men if convicted could face 5 years in prison. Beliveau was arrested in Virginia and Misiewicz in Colorado, where he was serving with the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base. Both are expected to be extradited to California.