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US government contractor accused of stealing classified documents

[JURIST] US government contractor Harold Thomas Martin III was arrested in August on charges that he stole government property, including classified documents, according to a criminal complaint [text, PDF] unsealed on Wednesday. The complaint alleges that Martin, who had a top national security clearance, removed hard copy as well as digital copies of top secret classified documents, many of which were from 2014, from the government agency with which he was employed. The documents, as well as some stolen items from the agency totaling approximately $1000 [DOJ press release], were found at his residence upon the execution of a search warrant. If convicted, Martin faces up to 11 years in prison.

Earlier this year a member of the US Navy admitted [JURIST report] to accepting cash and other bribes in exchange for providing classified navy information to the defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd (GDMA), based in Singapore. In 2014 Congress began looking into the Navy bribery scandal with the large Singapore defense contractor. To date, nine individuals have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the bribery scheme and 10 have been charged in the investigation by Congress. Alex Wisidagama, former manager of GDMA pleaded guilty in March 2014 to knowing that the company had submitted false claims totaling over 20 million dollars in losses to the US Navy. In May 2014 Daniel Layug admitted to providing classified Navy information to GDMA, including classified Navy shipping schedules and other classified information.

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