Leonard Glenn Francis is a Malaysian national who is the CEO and owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a general contractor to the United States Navy. He is suspected of using Glenn Defense Marine Asia to defraud the Navy out of an estimated $20 million. At a November 22, 2013 court filing, prosecutors argued that Mr. Francis “ has built a business empire based on defrauding the United States.”
Mr. Francis is accused of fraudulently billing the Navy while supplying its ships with marine husbanding services (i.e. fuel, tugboats, food etc.). Mr. Francis supposedly also bribed senior Naval officials with cash, lavish travel and the service of prostitutes. These Naval officials are thought to have provided Mr. Francis with secret information about criminal investigations into him; and / or they allegedly disclosed confidential defense procurement information.
The Washington Post reported that the possible involvement of two admirals in the alleged public corruption scheme, “makes the crisis the worst to tar the Navy since the 1991 Tailhook scandal, when a convention of naval aviators sexually assaulted scores of women.” A September 12, 2013 complaint filed in one of three criminal cases pending against Mr. Francis, included purported e-mails. They were allegedly sent from April 27 to May 21, 2012, between Mr. Francis and a codefendant, Mr. John Bertrand Beliveau, Jr. Mr. Beliveau has been employed as a Special Agent by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service since about 2002 and his purported e-mails are set forth below.