Third defendant pleads guilty in US Navy bribery scheme, admits getting cash, gadgets, travel

The Associated Press
May 20, 2014 01:10 PM

SAN DIEGO - A third defendant pleaded guilty Tuesday in a multimillion-dollar bribery investigation involving a Singapore-based defence contractor charged with providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.

Daniel Layug, 27, admitted providing classified shipping schedules and other internal Navy information to Glenn Defence Marine Asia Ltd. in exchange for $1,000 a month, a digital camera and other gadgets and travel, including hotel stays in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Layug, a petty officer who was stationed as a logistics specialist in Yokosuka, Japan, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 2 for conspiracy to commit bribery.

The investigation centres on Leonard Glenn Francis, known in military circles as "Fat Leonard," and his company, which has serviced Navy ships for 25 years. Francis was arrested in September and has pleaded not guilty in the case that also alleges the company overbilled the Navy at least $20 million for port services since 2009.

Six people have been charged, including Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez and Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, who have pleaded not guilty. An agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, John Beliveau II, and a manager for the contractor, Alex Wisidagama, pleaded guilty.

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