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Lady Gaga Tickets for Classified Info Scandal Hits Navy

Multiple senior Navy officials have been arrested for running an overbilling scheme with a major Asian defense contractor in one of the biggest- and juiciest- cases of fraud to hit the U.S. Navy in years. The contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, reportedly overcharged the Navy on multiple occasions to the tune of at least $10 million.

In addition, the contractor has been accused of bribing susceptible officials with everything from cash to plane tickets and hotel rooms in exchange for classified information, including ship deployments and tipoffs about the ongoing investigation. On one occasion, prosecutors say Navy officials were given tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand plus prostitutes to join them during the event.

In an article from The Washington Post, Laura E. Duffy, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, said the investigation was ongoing.

“The allegations described in this complaint describe a bribery case with all the sexy elements of a TV drama,” Duffy said in an e-mailed statement. “But the significance of the case is that it involves huge sums of money, a wide range of players, a long period of time and a number of countries.”

Federal officials arrested the four men involved- two from the Navy and two from the private contractor- on September 16. The officers arrested are Commander Michael Misiewivz and NCIS agent John B. Beliveau, and the men from Glenn Defense Marine are chief executive Leonard Glenn Francis and general manager for global government contracts Alex J. Wisidagama.

To read more, visit The Washington Post.

By: Avery Kleinman
Beth Daley Impact Fellow, POGO

Avery Kleinman Avery Kleinman is the Beth Daley Impact Fellow for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Ethics, Contractor Accountability, DOD Oversight, Federal Contractor Misconduct

Authors: Avery Kleinman

Submitted by Gary N. at: October 28, 2013
Ken Platt has a curious use of the word "we" when commenting on the extent of GDMA involvement with the Navy.
Submitted by Honest Broker at: October 24, 2013
Glad they got caught, but I'd like to see the legal use of bribing influential military and civilians with retirement jobs come to a halt. I've observed these Govt individuals pressure subordinates to push specific contract requirements so it either justifies a sole-source award or can only go to 1 company. After a couple of years, then they retire and show up working for that company while the cooperative subordinate in this scheme gets a promotion and raise. With the cost plus fixed fee contracts, the company can say this retiree is a specialist and qualifies for a 6-figure salary. You get a couple friendly politicians to keep the funds flowing, you can pay for this cost to do business with the Govt. It would be interesting to survey all the contractors and see how many have recently retired Govt supervisors and senior personnel are on their payrolls and making big dollars as consultants.
Submitted by Skyhawkmaintainer at: October 21, 2013
Those "O"s rate a DD, especially that NCIS drone!
Submitted by sailorhelper at: October 21, 2013
The Navy has really lost its moral compass: What's appalling is that they know about senior officers who are "immoral and dissolute" and do nothing about it.

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