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Naval Criminal Investigator Pleads in Massive Fraud and Bribery Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A big scandal continues to unravel.

The latest:   John Bertrand Beliveau Jr., 44, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a massive international fraud and bribery scheme, admitting he shared with a foreign Navy contractor confidential information about ongoing criminal probes into the contractor’s billing practices in exchange for prostitutes, cash and luxury travel, the Justice Department said in a press release.

“Today, John Beliveau has admitted to accepting lavish gifts in exchange for revealing sensitive law enforcement information to a primary target of this massive bribery investigation,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “For nearly two years, Beliveau deliberately leaked the names of cooperating witnesses, reports of witness interviews, and plans for future investigative steps. Through his corrupt conduct, Beliveau helped the target of the investigation evade the reach of law enforcement, and cost the U.S. Navy millions of dollars. Thanks to the Navy’s extensive cooperation and assistance, and the hard work of the NCIS and DCIS agents assigned to this ongoing investigation, we have now been able to hold him to account.”

Sentencing is set for March 9.

According to the press release Beliveau

Acknowledged that he regularly 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). Beliveau admitted that, over the course of years, he helped Francis avoid 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 office in Quantico, Va.

The guilty plea is part of a bigger scandal involving contracts.

Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.

 

 

Brenda Heck Named Head of Counterterrorism at FBI’s Washington Field Office

Brenda Heck/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Brenda L. Heck, deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division.

Prior to entering the FBI, she was a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service from 1985-88. In 1988,  Heck  joined the FBI and started in the New York division, where she spent 14 years working a variety of cases including fugitives, crimes against children, and civil rights. She was a member of the New York Field Office Scuba Team and was awarded the medal of merit.

In 2002, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Section, at headquarters.

In October 2009, she received the Director’s Award for Excellence in intelligence analysis for her work on the Strategic Execution Team initiative, a two-year project to realign FBI intelligence functions, the FBI said.