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Fourth officer charged in US Navy bribery scandal

A fourth US Navy officer has been charged with leaking information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for cash and other gifts in a widening bribery scandal, officials said Thursday. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego and appeared in court Thursday, when a judge released him with GPS monitoring in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He is accused of accepting bribes in return for giving classified and sensitive US Navy information to employees of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a defense contractor at the center of the scandal.

Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday. Tokyo-based Layug was arrested on Wednesday in San Diego, where he later appeared before a federal judge.

Ex-government engineer accepted trips, golf and cash in exchange for contracts

MONTREAL - A former Transport Quebec engineer says he was routinely bribed by construction and engineering firms in exchange for help with lucrative government contracts. Guy Hamel told the Charbonneau Commission on Wednesday he accepted numerous gifts and favours in exchange for favourable decisions from his position on a selection committee for government contracts. He also helped firms through his role as a project manager for provincial works projects.

Lotte Homeshopping's supplier raided over alleged graft

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors raided the office of a supplier to Lotte Homeshopping Co. Thursday as part of their investigation into allegations that some employees of the television-based retailer took kickbacks in exchange for business favors. Lotte Homeshopping, the retailer arm of the fifth-largest conglomerate Lotte Group, has been under investigation over suspicions that former and incumbent executives received bribes from companies selling their products on the retailer's cable network.

Former Lotte Homeshopping employee nabbed over graft

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- A former employee of television-based retailer Lotte Homeshopping Co. has been arrested on charges of receiving kickbacks from suppliers in exchange for business favors, prosecution sources said Tuesday. Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office detained the former sales director, only identified by his surname Shin, on Monday and will seek a warrant later in the day to further question him, according to the sources.

Singapore man pleads guilty in US Navy bribery scandal

A Singapore businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding the United States as part of a widening bribery scandal involving contracting services for US Navy ships. Alex Wisidagama, 38, a citizen of Singapore and cousin of the executive running the firm at the center of the corruption scandal, admitted to submitting fake invoices to overcharge the US Navy for fuel, port tariffs and other services at inflated prices, authorities said. He entered his plea in an agreement with prosecutors in federal court in San Diego, California.

Broker in nuke reactor scandal gets jail term for graft

BUSAN, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- A district court on Friday sentenced a broker in a high-profile corruption scandal surrounding nuclear reactors to three years and six months in prison for taking bribes from a local builder. Oh Hee-taek was found guilty of accepting 1.78 billion won (US$1.5 million) in kickbacks from Hankook Jungsoo Industries Co. in exchange for helping the local water treatment firm win its bid to take part in the government's project to build nuclear reactors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Court commutes former tax chief's prison term for graft

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul appellate court on Thursday commuted a former top tax official's prison term to three and a half years for taking bribes from CJ Group, a food and entertainment conglomerate, in 2006. Jeon Goon-pyo, 60, had received a four-year sentence from a lower court after he was found guilty of accepting $300,000 in U.S. bills from CJ Group officials in exchange for favors during a tax audit into the conglomerate in July 2006, shortly after he was named commissioner of the National Tax Service (NTS).

Officers but not gentlemen: Pentagon's naughty list

The Pentagon has tallied reports of a shameful litany of bad behavior among its officers and employees in a voluminous tome entitled "The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures." From bribery to kickbacks to falsifying travel expenses, the document is designed as a guide -- and a warning -- to teach troops and civil servants about ethics laws. Written in a breezy style free of bureaucratic jargon, the annual catalogue is updated every year with fresh examples of poor judgement and scams gone wrong.

Agent pleads guilty in US Navy bribery scandal

A US navy investigator faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting sharing secrets with the target of a probe in exchange for prostitutes, cash and luxury travel. John Bertrand Beliveau Jr., 44, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a massive international fraud and bribery scheme. Specifically he admitted regularly searching NCIS databases for details of probes into Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis -- known as "Fat Leonard" -- to help him dodge investigators.
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