Attorney says Navy investigator will plead guilty

By By JULIE WATSON

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors say a senior Navy criminal investigator downloaded more than 100 confidential files for an Asian defense contractor at the center of a multimillion-dollar fraud investigation.

Attorney Jan Ronis says his client, John Beliveau II, will plead guilty to bribery charges Tuesday in federal court in San Diego.

The conviction will be a first for federal prosecutors in the massive scandal involving Malaysian defense contractor, Leonard Glenn Francis, who is accused of overbilling the Navy by millions.

Prosecutors say in exchange for keeping Francis abreast of the probe, Beliveau accepted luxury trips from Francis, who would arrange for prostitutes to meet him.

Beliveau is one of three Navy officials arrested in the case.

Beliveau faces a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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