Fat Leonard And The Sailors: Navy Rocked By New Contracting Scandal

170px-Reuterdahl_Navy_recruitment_poster_2No it is not the latest rock band. Fat Leonard is the nickname for the rotund contractor named Leonard Glenn Francis, chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine. The Asian company is accused of greasing the skids in the Navy with bribes ranging from prostitutes to luxury hotels to tickets to Lady Gaga concerts. Snared in the scandal are an array of top Navy officials, including an official at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and a Navy Commander known “Little Bro” to Fat Leonard. Fat Leonard was well known in Naval circles and was given his nickname because he dressed out at 6-3 and 350 pounds.

One of the greatest disappointments is the alleged involvement of Cmdr. Michael Misiewicz. Misiewicz was born Vannak Khem in Cambodia but escaped the killing fields when he was adopted at 6 by a U.S. embassy worker. He later attracted global attention by commanding the destroyer USS Mustin in a return to Cambodia for the first time in 37 years. It was a moving story for both countries. However, he also attracted the attention of Fat Leonard for another reason. Francis and an unnamed manager identified Misiewicz “as someone who might be susceptible to providing favor . . . in return for things of value.” The Navy says that he was right. They accuse Misiewicz was given prostitutes, tickets and other bribes to influence him in his later job as deputy operations manager for the Navy’s 7th Fleet, overseeing all naval activities in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. His relationship was so close that he called Francis “Big Bro” and he was called “Little Bro.”

Fat Leonard and his company then proceeded to overcharge the Navy for various services. Just a few examples cited by the Navy exceeded $10 million. Since 2011, Fat Leonard and the Glenn Defense Marine has received a staggering level of contracts worth over $200 million. Francis was allegedly after inside information and steering vessels to ports that used his company for pierside services.

Some of the most incriminating emails come from NCIS Special Agent John Beliveau, 36. According to media reports, Beliveau is accused of helping Francis in dealing with the investigation. He allegedly sent Francis emails. The complaint alleges that in return, Beliveau helped Francis craft a response to an NCIS inquiry and even searched an internal computer database several times for details on the investigation.

Beliveau reportedly emailed Francis, “I will always be your friend but you will get nothing else until I get what you promised . . . I can be your best friend or your worst enemy… I am not an amateur.” If these charges are correct, he is worse than an amateur in sending emails complaining about the failure to make good on bribes.

Misiewicz has his own emails to deal with. Misiewicz, who has a family and children, was noted by the company as preferring Japanese prostitutes and allegedly given such services on more than one occasion. He will have to face emails thanking the company like one that read, “Take care gents, thank you for the best leave (w/o kids that is) ever!”

Given the description of the charges, it was probably better to leave the kids at home when Fat Leonard was entertaining.

Source: Washington Post

33 thoughts on “Fat Leonard And The Sailors: Navy Rocked By New Contracting Scandal”

  1. Dems have morals and Republicans don’t? If I talk to a Republican they say the opposite. And I sing, “Little boxes on a hilltop little boxes made of ticky tack, little boxes on a hilltop and they all look just the same.”

  2. Don’t kid yourself! Wealth doesn’t corrupt if you have some ethics, morals, and a sense of your place in the larger world compact with our brothers and sisters. In other words, there are a great many people to emulate in our country and the world than the lame criteria we use. Greed is good! I’m the king of the world! The Navy is only a spec of the problem. This whole country is for sale. Choose your heroes carefully, some are good for your soul and others suck.

  3. disc, You seem to be a GWU/DCer assuming the world revolves around “This Town.”. I have not a clue about this controversy and I bet others are the same. Is it a controversy “that you dare not speak its name.” Is it classified?

  4. Nick,

    Its not my fault you lack any sort of a sense of dignity or reading comprehension as your never ending babbling on every single thread ever on this blog can attest to… does GWU have more than one controversy going on this weekend? If so, its even worse. Otherwise, Prof. Turley as any other reasonably well informed human being that isn’t just merely obsessed with someone, anyone listening to them on someone else’s soapbox will know exactly what my question addressed.

    Get a grip. You embarrass yourself on a daily basis and seem to not the least bit cognizant of that fact.

  5. This type of abuse with military contracts is all too common, but yet it continues seemingly unabated. If we just stopped overpaying for anything and everything related to the military, we could probably save Billions.

  6. I question the use of the phrase “top Navy officials”. These were low-level schmucks who stole small change and were caught in due course.

    If they were “top” officials and had stolen billions they would not be under arrest or even investigated.

  7. nick spinelli 1, October 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Patricia, Seven of the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress are Dems; including Jay Rockefeller and John Heinz Kerry. The duopoly is wealthy, elitists on both sides. Don’t kid yourself.
    Very true.

    I like to call it a Wartocracy sometimes.

  8. Patricia, Seven of the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress are Dems; including Jay Rockefeller and John Heinz Kerry. The duopoly is wealthy, elitists on both sides. Don’t kid yourself.

  9. Read this articles a few weeks ago…. Very disturbing to military maneuvers….

  10. The level of integrity in our positions of authority is stupefying! I think we hold nothing sacred, everything is a joke, the bottom line is money, we are inundated with MBAs, and not enough of the liberal arts in our life’s preparation. Humanities are for wankers in American culture?

    I’ve always thought an English degree should be mandatory with a law degree. And some meaningful humanities elevated to a position of more importance in any degree. The numbers scholars should understand Logic, and Ethics. Boy, when I imagine these subjects being taught it brings fond memories. Some of the “smartest” students, have been brought to their knees.

    Creating money scams on banks, brokerage firms, corporate pilfering, innocent investors and government doesn’t take much more than smart people with no ethics. Perhaps upstanding folks (Romney) manage their operations with gigantic rationalizations. Convoluting entitlement with privileged delusional thinking.

  11. Patricia, Fraud knows no party or prez. But, the last great prez, IMHO, Harry Truman, had “the buck stops here” sign on his desk comes to mind.

  12. So we spend trillion$, more than the next 13 nations combined, on our military with general bi-partisan agreement. I think this is merely the tip of the iceberg of the corruption that surrounds our military. The Corporate Military Intelligence Complex is rife with ranking military officials who are on the corporate dole and loving it. From this reality flows all manner of corrupt behavior together with a sense of entitlement. We glorify our military but the benefits only are bestowed from perhaps Colonel on up. As was noted about Petraeus and the others who occupied rarefied positions, their lifestyle was far better than that of the Defense Secretary, who was the civilian nominally in charge.

    Our President is the Commander in Chief, but he presides over the people with the most powerful/complex weaponry in the world. The various intelligence organizations are part of the Executive, but where does the power really lie when one side knows ALL the secrets. The FBI reports to the U.S. Attorney General but, as J.E. Hoover proved, sometimes the employee is immune to direction from the boss because of what the employee knows. We watch it all as powerless citizens and stories like these provide occasional enlightenment to perhaps a much bleaker reality.

  13. discography, Questions like that are horseshit. State the controversy and then ask the question. It seems like so many people who love to ask questions don’t know how.

  14. Now, this is corruption and fraud that’s red meat here! Dig in and enjoy. Anyone need ketchup? Steak sauce?

  15. Any commentary on the latest GWU embarassment Prof. Turley? Surely you are both their most public cheerleader and critic when it comes to faculty.

  16. This is the problem with granting final decision authority (like who gets contracts) to individuals.

    All such decisions should be randomly assigned, and randomly reviewed, and the personal finances (income, expenses, property and all travel) of anybody involved in the approval chain for public funds should be audited annually, as a condition of public employment, also by randomly assigned agents (that are themselves audited in the same way).

    I think it is possible to have government servants without trusting them, while engaging in oversight and analysis of their decisions. In business we don’t just hand our employees discretion over the disposition of funds and trust them to do the right thing. We have contracts, we have oversight, we watch closely and eject the people that don’t follow our rules. I see plenty of reasons why government is a necessity, but no reason to trust them to not be corrupt, trust is not a necessity. (It is a shortcut and cost savings, oversight and double-checking and audits can constitute a 10% or 20% overhead in both time and money, but I think just as businesses find it a price worth paying, we the public would find it a price worth paying to minimize the billions in losses caused by crap like this).

  17. How the heck are they going to blame this on Obama? Maybe they should just declare he is responsible for all mankind? Frat Boy Follies, his specialty!

    As long as they have somebody else to blame, they never have to be responsible! (Grow up)

    Even the crucifixion, wouldn’t surprise me! Seems to be a pathology in the nature of the opposition!

  18. Not uncommon.

    The spirit of feudalism lives on in neofeudalism.

    It has historically led to degeneration and corruption, and the impoverishment of the 99% to the benefit of the 1%:

    The commanders who lead the nation’s military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir.

    The elite regional commanders who preside over large swaths of the planet don’t have to settle for Gulfstream V jets. They each have a C-40, the military equivalent of a Boeing 737 …

    (Amercan Feudalism – 3). One has to wonder what else was given … I mean espionage uses the same dynamics.

    These are the least of the worries … when a military goes completely bonkers it gets much more ugly.

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