US Navy Captain accepted bribes from defense contractor for classified information

US Navy Captain accepted bribes from defense contractor for classified information

[JURIST] A member of the US Navy, on Friday admitted [press release] 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. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, age 49, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for accepting cash, gifts, travel expenses, entertainment and the services of prostitutes from GDMA. In addition to his prison term he was to pay a 100,000 USD fine.

In 2014, Congress began looking into the Navy bribery scandal [Washington Times report] with the large Singapore defense contractor. To date, 9 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 [Washington Times report] 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 [Washington Times report] classified Navy information to GDMA, including classified Navy shipping schedules and other classified information.