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House to Investigate Navy Bribery Scandal

Stars and Stripes reports that “the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will investigate a scandal involving Navy officials accepting gifts, including in exchange for classified information, according to a memo released in Washington late Thursday.”  

“Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee’s chair, called for contracting documents dating back four years and a briefing by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on the ‘string of contracting scandals that have engulfed the U.S. Navy,’ according to a Jan. 28 letter he sent to Mabus.”  

“At the center of the scandal is Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a contractor that has provided support services to Navy ships docked at ports throughout Asia for decades. Federal prosecutors allege that GDMA and its president, Malaysian national Leonard Glenn Francis — known as “Fat Leonard” — overbilled the Navy by $20 million in recent years.”

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