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‘Fat Leonard’ changing plea to guilty in sprawling U.S. Navy bribe case

Leonard Glenn Francis is scheduled to change his plea to guilty in an appearance Thursday at 2:45 pm before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan Adler in San Diego, according to the federal court docket and calendar, U-T San Diego said.

Francis, left, also known as Fat Leonard, has been held without bail since his arrest in California in September 2013. The Malaysian national was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery. 

Last week, a U.S. Navy commander became the fifth defendant to plead guilty in the scandal.

Jose Luis Sanchez, an active duty officer stationed in San Diego, admitted accepting money, gifts, travel, and prostitutes from Francis and his Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

The company supplied services to the Navy in Asia. The DOJ alleged that Glenn Defense won more than $20 million in contracts that were tainted by bribery.

A federal grand jury last week indicted another U.S. Navy officer, Captain-Select Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 47, of San Diego. He was charged with a bribery conspiracy and seven counts of bribery. For two years until 2013, the DOJ said, Misiewicz gave Glenn Defense classified U.S. Navy ship schedules and other sensitive Navy information. Glenn Defense bribed Misiewicz with cash, trips, and the services of prostitutes, the DOJ said.

Misiewicz became the seventh defendant to be charged in the case. Two other U.S. Navy officials — former NCIS Special Agent John Beliveau and Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug — have pleaded guilty. Two former Glenn Defense executives, Alex Wisidagama and Edmond Aruffo, have also pleaded guilty.

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Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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