A special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) pleaded guilty to participating in a massive international fraud and bribery scheme. The renegade law enforcement officer admitted on Tuesday that he illegally gave a foreign businessman confidential information regarding ongoing criminal probes into that businessman's billing practices in exchange for call-girls, luxury travel and cash.
Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau's plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan Adler of the Southern District of California and sentencing is set for March 2014 before Judge Janis
Sammartino. The 44-year-old NCIS veteran is facing up to 20 years in federal prison.
Beliveau confessed that he searched confidential NCIS databases for reports of investigations related to the contractor, Leonard Glenn Francis, chief executive of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), and did so on a regular basis.
Beliveau admitted that he helped Francis for years in avoiding multiple criminal investigations by providing copies of these reports plus advice and counsel on how to respond to, stall and thwart the NCIS probes.
This duplicity began while Beliveau was stationed in Singapore and continued for more than a year after Beliveau returned to the NCIS headquarters in Quantico, Va.
According to the prosecutors:
Among the law enforcement-sensitive information provided by Beliveau to Francis were the identities of the subjects of the investigations; information about witnesses, including identifying information about cooperating witnesses and their testimony; the particular aspects of GDMA’s billings that were of concern to the investigations; the fact that the investigations had obtained numerous email accounts and the identities of those accounts; the reports to prosecutors and their interactions with the investigations; and planned future investigative activities.
“John Beliveau's reprehensible actions, providing sensitive information to the targets of ongoing fraud investigations and accepting bribes, tragically tarnished his NCIS badge,” said NCIS Director Andrew Traver. “Nevertheless, the tireless and dedicated work of NCIS and DCIS effectively brought this to a halt, and these agencies continue to vigilantly protect Department of Navy personnel and resources.”