U.S. Navy investigator sentenced to 12
years in bribery case
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[October 15, 2016]
(Reuters) - A former Naval Criminal
Investigative Service (NCIS) agent was sentenced on Friday to 12 years
in federal prison for leaking information to a defense contractor in
exchange for cash, luxury travel and the services of prostitutes, the
U.S. Justice Department said.
John Bertrand Beliveau, 47, of York, Pennsylvania, had pleaded guilty to
helping Singapore-based contractor Leonard Francis, also known as "Fat
Leonard," perpetrate a fraud scheme on the U.S. Navy by providing
information that allowed Francis to thwart a criminal fraud
investigation of the company.
Jessica Carmichael, one of Beliveau's attorneys, said Beliveau suffers
from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and while she was disappointed at
prosecutors' attempts to belittle his condition, she was happy with the
"We were very appreciative and happy that the judge did take into
consideration his mental health concerns in giving a sentence below the
government's recommendation," of 15 years, Carmichael said.
The U.S. District Judge in southern California also ordered Beliveau to
pay $20 million in restitution to the Navy. The Justice Department (DOJ)
said Beliveau admitted to accessing NCIS databases for investigative
reports related to Francis and providing copies to him so he could avoid
The DOJ also said in a statement that Beliveau admitted to covering up
his involvement by deleting incriminating emails. In return, the
department said, Francis gave Beliveau money and paid for luxury travel
to Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as lavish dinners
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"John Beliveau's deceit was a devastating blow to the U.S. Navy and
ultimately the nation that he was sworn to protect," U.S. Attorney
Laura Duffy said in the statement.
In June, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau pleaded guilty to a
charge of lying to federal investigators, making him the
highest-ranking officer to be convicted in the case. Gilbeau is
Sixteen people, including 11 current or former U.S. Navy officials,
have been charged in the investigation, prosecutors said. Beliveau's
sentencing ranks as the most severe punishment to date.
Francis pleaded guilty last year to bribery charges and is awaiting
(Corrects to remove Department of Justice from headline)
(Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington and Curtis Skinner in San
Francisco; Editing by Eric Walsh and Diane Craft)
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