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US Navy Admiral to Plead Guilty in Bribery Case

Robert Gilbeau (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy rear admiral will plead guilty on Thursday to lying to federal investigators, making him the highest-ranking officer to be convicted in the expanding "Fat Leonard" bribery case, the Washington Post reported, citing his attorney. Robert Gilbeau, a special assistant to the chief of the Navy Supply Corps, was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Diego late Thursday afternoon, the Post reported, citing court records. This would bring to 14 the number of people charged in the Singapore-based case…

Shipping Company & Chief Engineer Plead Guilty

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release stating that a shipping company and a chief engineer pleaded guilty in connection with improper dumping of oily waste water. The company pleaded guilty to conspiracy, violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, and two counts of obstruction of justice. The chief engineer pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. The company has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $1.75m and to serve a three-year term of probation, during which time its ships will be banned from U.S. waters. The chief engineer has agreed to serve a five-month term in prison. Source: HK Law

Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

U.S. A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court, admitting that he accepted cash, hotel expenses and the services of a prostitute in return for providing classified U.S. Navy ship schedules and other internal Navy information to an executive of a defense contracting firm. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations James B. Burch of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Director Andrew L. Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Director Anita Bales of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) made the announcement.

Alaska Sues Royal Caribbean

Alaska filed a civil suit on Aug. 13 against Royal Caribbean Cruises, accusing the company of dumping oil and other hazardous wastes into state waters after the firm pleaded guilty to federal criminal pollution charges. Royal Caribbean pleaded guilty last month and was fined $18 million for 21 felony counts of violating federal water pollution laws in areas ranging from the Caribbean to Alaska's Inside Passage.

Chief Engineer Convicted for Pollution Offenses

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts issued a Press Release stating that the Chief Engineer of a container ship pled guilty and was convicted of various offenses related to discharge of sludge and oil-contaminated waste water. The individual pled guilty to conspiracy, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, false statements, and violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. He faces a potential maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment. Source: HK Law

Marine Products Exec Pleads Guilty

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the president of a California marine products company was charged with conspiring to rig bids and allocate customers with respect to the sale of foam-filled marine fenders and buoys purchased by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other public and private entities. The executive has agreed to plead guilty and to serve an eight-month sentence, including four months in jail and four moths home detention, and to pay a criminal fine of $50,000. Source: HK Law

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Maintaining False ORB

The US Attorney for the Central District of California has stated that the chief engineer on a tanker pleaded guilty to a felony count of failing to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB). The chief engineer also admitted that on numerous occasions he directed other engine room personnel to use a hose to bypass the oily water separator (OWS) and discharge oil-contaminated bilge water and sludge into the ocean. He faces up to six years in prison. Source: HK Law

Ferry Director Pleads Guilty to Seaman’s Manslaughter

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York issued a Statement saying that the Director of the Staten Island Ferry Service has pleaded guilty to seaman’s manslaughter in the crash of the ferry ANDREW J. BARBERI. The Ferry Director failed to enforce the Service’s requirement that two persons be on the bridge when the ferry is in operation. Eleven passengers died in the crash after the only person on the bridge became incapacitated. source: HK Law

Royal Caribbean To Plead Guilty To Pollution

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world's second-largest passenger cruise line, has reportedly agreed to plead guilty and pay a record $18 million fine for dumping oily bilge water and other pollutants from its fleet of ships.

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Press Release stating that the chief engineer of an oil tanker pled guilty in federal court to making false statements to deceive the U.S. Coast Guard with regard to overboard discharges of oil-contaminated bilge waste. The offenses occurred during a routine port state control (PSC) boarding by the Coast Guard in Portland, Maine. The chief engineer faces a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and probation for up to three years. Source: HK Law

Parcel Tanker Company Agrees to Plead Guilty, Pay $19.5M Fine

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Press Release stating that Jo Tankers B.V. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19.5 million criminal fine for participating in an international cartel to allocate customers, rig bids, and fix prices on parcel tanker affreightment contracts for shipment of specialty liquids to and from the United States and elsewhere. The plea agreement and recommended sentence are subject to court approval. (HK Law)

Engineering Officer Pleads Guilty to Obstructing USCG Investigation

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington issued a Press Release stating that an engineering officer on the M/V Hoegh Minerva pled guilty in federal court to a felony violation related to obstructing the U.S. Coast Guard’s investigation of intentional dumping of waste oil into the ocean. The officer faces a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The investigation is ongoing regarding other parties who may be involved. Source: HK Law

Second Engineer Pleads Guilty to Pollution Violation

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts issued a Press Release stating that the second engineer on a container ship pleaded guilty to violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The officer made fraudulent entries in the ship’s Oil Record Book. He faces a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Source: HK Law

Company Pleads Guilty to Dumping Waste Oil

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington has stated that a Norwegian shipping company has pled guilty to criminal charges related to dumping of waste oil at sea and agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine. The company will also develop and implement a comprehensive environmental compliance program for its fleet of vessels and serve four years probation. (Source: HK Law)

Ship Operator Pleads Guilty to River Dumping

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that a U.S. ship operator pled guilty in federal court to dumping wastes into the Mississippi River and has agreed to pay a fine of $200,000, serve three years probation, and develop an environmental compliance program. In a separate case, the owner and operator of a foreign vessel, as well as the chief engineer, pled guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act and making false statements. The companies will pay a collective fine of $750,000, develop a comprehensive environmental management plan, and serve four years probation. The chief engineer faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Owner of Gaming Vessel Pleads Guilty

The U.S. Department of Justice has stated that the owner of a gaming vessel based out of Port Aransas, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court to obstructing a Coast Guard investigation into whether the ship had illegally discharged waste oil and deliberately bypassed its pollution prevention equipment. The ship’s chief engineer also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Coast Guard regarding existence of tank sounding records and then attempting to destroy the records. Under the terms of the proposed plea agreement, the owner will pay a criminal fine of $300,000 and institute an environmental compliance program. Sentencing is scheduled for April 25. Source: HK Law

Executive Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging

The vice president of a Virginia marine products company has agreed to plead guilty, serve a sentence and pay a criminal fine for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids and allocate customers with respect to marine products purchased by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. William Alan Potts, a British citizen who is vice president of a marine products company located in Clearbrook, Va., entered a plea agreement in the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va. According to the one-count felony charge, Potts participated in a conspiracy between December 2000 and May 2003 to allocate customers and rig bids for contracts to sell plastic marine pilings.

U.S. Navy Admiral Pleads Guilty to Bribery

A U.S. Navy rear admiral pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge of lying to federal investigators, making him the highest-ranking officer to be convicted in the expanding "Fat Leonard" bribery case. Robert Gilbeau, 55, a special assistant to the chief of the Navy Supply Corps, appeared in U.S. District Court in San Diego late Thursday afternoon, accompanied by his lawyer and a fluffy white dog he said helped him monitor his health. Prosecutors said Gilbeau lied when he told investigators that he had not accepted gifts from Leonard Glenn Francis, whose contracts to clean, stock and maintain U.S. Pacific Fleet ships are at the center of the $30 million bribery case. "He lied to federal investigators to conceal his illicit years-long relationship with Leonard Glenn Francis," Assistant U.S.

Shipping Execs Agree to Plead Guilty

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that four individuals have agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in a conspiracy to eliminate competition and raise prices for moving freight between the Continental U.S. and . A fifth shipping executive has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence of the shipping conspiracy. The five executives charged  work for large companies that provide freight shipping services to customers transporting goods between the continental and . These companies transport a variety of cargo shipments, such as heavy equipment, medicines and consumer goods, on scheduled ocean voyages between the continental and . The to shipping lane is governed by the Jones Act, a portion of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution

The former chief engineer of an American-flagged car-carrier pleaded guilty today to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste through a “magic pipe” that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. McKeown for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Frank Coe, the former chief engineer of the M/V Fidelio (renamed the M/V Patriot) pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) before U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson. Coe was employed by Pacific Gulf Marine Inc.

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution

announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) before U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson. Coe was employed by Pacific Gulf Marine Inc. including the Fidelio. PGM was sentenced on Jan. plan which will be audited by a court-appointed monitor. on the Fidelio that was part of the ship's original construction. black oil, according to a factual statement filed in court. the existence or use of the bypass although it had been used since 1998. according to papers filed in court. large amounts of waste oil and oil-contaminated bilge waste. International and U.S.

Sealift Command Official Charged with Bribery

Scott B. Miserendino, Sr., 55, a former government contractor who performed work for the United States Navy Military Sealift Command , and Timothy S. Miller, 57, a businessman whose company sought contracting business from the Military Sealift Command, were indicted today on charges including conspiracy and bribery. Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia…

Former MSC Manager Sentenced on Bribes Charges

Photo: MSC

Former Afloat Programs Manager at the United States Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC), Kenny E. Toy, was sentenced to 96 months in prison for receiving bribes, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Toy was sentenced by United States Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the Eastern District of Virginia Tuesday, July 29. Toy pleaded guilty on Feb. 12, 2014 to criminal information charging him with one count of bribery. According to Toy’s plea agreement, he was employed as the Afloat Programs Manager in the N6 Command…

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