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More Bribery Charges Cambodian-Born US Naval Officer


In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2010, U.S. navy officer Michael "Vannak Khem" Misiewicz smiles as he delivers his welcome speech on the deck of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin at Cambodian coastal international see port of Sihanoukville, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2010, U.S. navy officer Michael "Vannak Khem" Misiewicz smiles as he delivers his welcome speech on the deck of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin at Cambodian coastal international see port of Sihanoukville, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A US federal court has indicted Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, a Cambodian-American US naval officer, on seven more counts of bribery.

The charges stem from a scheme to send classified schedules for US ships to a Southeast Asian contractor, so they could be charged high prices for goods and services, costing the Navy millions of dollars.

Misiewicz, 47, is a Kandal province native who was raised in the United States; he has already been charged with some counts for the scheme in a widespread investigation of a major corruption scandal.

The further counts come as a fellow commander, Jose Luis Sanchez, pled guilty to similar counts—one of seven officers charged and the fifth to plead guilty.

“Sanchez pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court today, admitting that he provided a government contractor with classified ship schedules and other internal US Navy information in exchange for cash, travel and entertainment expenses and the services of prostitutes,” a statement from the court said.

Misiewicz is charged with providing classified schedules and other sensitive Navy documents to the Singapore-based contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, “and used his position and influence within the US Navy to advance the interests GDMA,” the statement says. In return, he allegedly received “cash, travel and entertainment expenses, and the services of prostitutes.”

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