SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former federal agent set to be sentenced for tipping off a defense contractor who was under investigation for overbilling the Navy by at least $35 million has said mental health problems clouded his judgment.
Former Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator John Beliveau II is scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in San Diego in the growing bribery case.
Authorities say nearly a dozen Navy officials were bought off with luxury hotel stays and the services of prostitutes provided by Malaysian contractor Leonard Francis.
In court filings, defense attorney Jessica Carmichael argued that Beliveau suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety and has had alcohol problems. She says he also has post-traumatic stress.
Prosecutors say Beliveau shared hundreds of classified files with Francis, nicknamed "Fat Leonard." Francis has pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges.