US Navy official enters guilty plea in contracting scandal
SAN DIEGO (REUTERS) - A US Navy official pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy and bribery charges, admitting he received envelopes of cash and the services of prostitutes from a Singapore-based company at the centre of a military contracting scandal.
John Bertrand Beliveau II, a supervisor in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, entered his plea at a hearing in federal court in San Diego. "I'm here to do the right thing, and that's what I did today," he said after entering his guilty plea.
With his guilty plea, Beliveau became the first to be convicted among four people charged in the bribery scandal involving US Navy contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars in maintenance and restocking for Pacific Fleet ships. The investigation has resulted in conspiracy charges against Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian and owner of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia. Francis, 49, has pleaded not guilty and is in federal custody in San Diego.
Beliveau, who was arrested in September, was accused of accepting money, travel and hotel costs from Francis for trips to Thailand and Indonesia, where he was provided with prostitutes, according to charging documents. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors on Tuesday filed a new indictment against Beliveau, charging him with conspiracy and bribery. He had originally been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery.