FEDS HOPE NCIS DEFENDANT IN "PORT-OF-CALL"
BRIBERY SCHEME WILL TESTIFY FOR GOVT AND
AGAINST ALLEGED "CO-CONSPIRATORS" - SOURCES
TELL MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM - SR. NAVY
INVESTIGATOR JOHN BELIVEAU II SAID TO BE
OBJECT OF PLEA-BARGAIN DEAL - SENSATIONAL
TRIAL SET TO BEGIN SOON IN SAN DIEGO
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Sources tell our Navy confidential informants the Feds are hopeful they can cut a plea bargain deal with one of the defendants in the Navy "port-of-call" bribery scheme.
Readers of MilitaryCorruption.com (see related stories box below) will recall the probe netted a Navy commander and USNA graduate, as well as Senior NCIS Investigator John Beliveau II; and a shady character from Singapore, "Fat Leonard" Francis. The portly Oriental is alleged to have ripped off the Navy by charging inflated prices for port services at various locations in Thailand and other S.E. Asian ports-of-call. Francis is the wealthy owner of Singapore-based GDMA.
Fat Leonard's alleged co-conspirator is Navy CDR Michael (Vannak Khem) Misiewicz, a Cambodian refugee from the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975 who, just 17 years later was an honored graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
ANOTHER NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD
Court papers show that "Fat Leonard" bribed the Naval officer with Lady Ga-Ga show tickets and prostitution services. In turn, the government claims CDR Misiewicz, with the co-operation of (so-far unnamed) higher-ranking Navy officers, arranged for aircraft carriers to destroyers to only dock at ports that did business with Mr. Francis' company.
The scandal has had a particularly harmful affect to the fairy-tale life story of CDR Misiewicz. On December 3, 2010,the jovial Khmer officer was reunited with surviving family members when he skippered his Navy ship into Sihanookville, the principal deep-water port of Cambodia.
If Beliveau testifies for the government and implicates Misiewicz, that could get the NCIS man a "slap-on-the-wrist" and reduced sentence. The Navy commander faces up to five years in federal prison, if convicted.