If you read one story about corrupt senior Navy officials, NCIS officers being supplied by defense contractors with vacations, hookers and Lady Gaga tickets in exchange for information and influence resulting in millions in overcharging, the Washington Post has you covered this morning.
The Post's Craig Whitlock reports Michael Misiewicz, former commander of the USS Mustin, John B. Beliveau II, a onetime NCIS agent of the year, Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, and another official with the defense contractor were all arrested on corruption charges last month as part of an ongoing investigation alleging they provided special information about deployments, and occasionally directed Naval ships to ports where the company has outposts set up. The Navy alleges Glenn Defense Marine used the information to overcharge Navy ships for parts and services. The extent of the fraud is unclear right now, but court documents "cite a handful of episodes that alone exceeded $10 million," Whitlock reports. The Navy terminated three contracts with the company worth $200 million last month.
The investigation into the extent of the corruption continues, with other naval officials already being targeted by authorities. Those involved already are accused of taking cash, hotel rooms, plane tickets and prostitutes on multiple occasions, all supplied by Francis. But the appetite of an accused corrupt Navy official occasionally strays from the usual path:
The trip was postponed because of a tsunami. But Glenn Defense Marine officials soon became more familiar with Misiewicz and e-mailed one another about how the commander “liked Japanese women.” They later provided tickets and female escorts for Misiewicz and four co-workers to attend the Lady Gaga concert in Thailand and paid for shore leave in Singapore and other cities, according to court records.
“Take care gents, thank you for the best leave (w/o kids that is) ever!” Misiewicz, a married father of four, wrote in an e-mail to Francis and another company official after a visit to Cambodia in June 2011, according to court documents.
Please, read Whitlock's entire story because it's one of the most interesting things out this morning.
[Top: Michael Misiewicz speaks from the USS Mustin deck.]