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Singapore man pleads guilty in US Navy bribery scandal

Published on Mar 19, 2014 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Singapore businessman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to defrauding the United States as part of a widening bribery scandal involving contracting services for US Navy ships.

38-year-old Alex Wisidagama, cousin of the executive running the firm at the centre of the corruption scandal, admitted to submitting fake invoices to overcharge the US Navy for fuel, port tariffs and other services at inflated prices, authorities said.

He entered his plea in an agreement with prosecutors in federal court in San Diego, California.

Wisidagama is the second person to plead guilty in the case that has rocked the American navy and ensnared several officers, fueling concerns about a possible ethics crisis in the military's senior ranks.

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