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Former NCIS Agent Sentenced to 12 Years in Bribery Scandal

A former federal investigator was sentenced to 12 years in prison for disclosing sensitive information to a defense contractor in exchange for cash, luxury travel, and prostitutes.

In addition to his prison sentence, the ex-Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator, John Beliveau II, was ordered to pay $20 million in restitution to the Navy.

“Beliveau tarnished his NCIS badge and sold sensitive law enforcement information for envelopes of cash, luxury travel and tawdry entertainment,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “His actions risked an important criminal investigation and the safety of witnesses who agreed to cooperate with law enforcement under the belief that their identities would be protected.  Today’s sentence reflects the gravity of those crimes and makes clear that we will not tolerate law enforcement corruption.”

Beliveau, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, apologized in a letter to the court, adding he deserves and understands “the feeling of anger, vengeance and disgust from others in my former field.” He asked for forgiveness and offered himself as an example of what not to do in law enforcement.

According to a statement released by the Department of Justice, “Beliveau helped former Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) CEO Leonard Francis perpetrate a massive fraud scheme on the U.S. Navy by providing information that allowed Francis to avoid, stall and thwart criminal investigations into misconduct by GDMA.”

Beliveau regularly searched through confidential NCIS databases for reports of investigations involving Francis and GDMA. Over the years, he helped Francis skirt several criminal investigations by providing copies of these reports.

At one point, Beliveau admitted he attempted to cover up his involvement by asking Francis to delete all incriminating emails and deactivate his email account. He also warned Francis of indictments and a warrant on his email account.

Beliveau also admitted to counseling Francis on how to perpetuate his fraud scheme and evade detection. According to DOJ’s statement, “In July 2011, Beliveau advised Francis to respond to the pending NCIS investigation into GDMA’s submission of a fraudulent claim to the U.S. Navy for dockage and wharfage fees for certain U.S. Navy ship visits to Thailand.”

In return, Francis provided Beliveau with envelopes of cash and luxury travel to Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand. Additionally, while Beliveau was stationed in Singapore from 2008 to 2012, Francis provided him with “prostitutes, lavish dinners, entertainment and alcohol at high-end nightclubs.  The tab for each of these outings routinely ran into the thousands of dollars,” according to the DOJ.

So far, a total of 16 individuals have been charged in connection with the GDMA corruption and fraud investigation.  Including Beliveau, 11 of those are current or former U.S. Navy officials, and the five others are GDMA executives.

 

Photo: "Evidence" by Benedict Benedictis licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

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Tags: NCIS, Navy, bribery scheme, DOJ, prostitution, defense contractors

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