Admiral, Marine officers indicted in Singapore bribe scandal

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock reports that the Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight current and former Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case, escalating an epic scandal that has dogged the Navy for the past four years.

Among those charged were Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a senior Navy intelligence officer based at the Pentagon, as well as several Navy captains and a retired colonel from the Marine Corps. The charges cover a period of eight years, from 2006 through 2014.

 The Navy personnel are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel stays courtesy of Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who has already pleaded guilty to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars.

 The indictment lists page after page of bribes allegedly provided to the defendants — seven senior officers and one enlisted sailor — including $25,000 watches, $2,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2,000 bottles of cognac and $600-per-night hotel rooms. According to the charging documents, Francis also frequently sponsored wild sex parties for many officers on the USS Blue Ridge, the flagship of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, and other warships.

 The indictment brings the total number of people charged with crimes in the Fat Leonard investigation to 27. Prosecutors say the case is still unfolding and that more than 200 people have come under scrutiny.

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4 Responses to "Admiral, Marine officers indicted in Singapore bribe scandal"

  1. Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  March 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    where is the Dignity of an officer? 150 years ago Russian officer shot himself if lose dignity… Do they now realize what they have done (west)?

  2. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    What we’re seeing with the “Fat Leonard” indictments is only the tip of another iceberg — a small iceberg.

    A much bigger ‘iceberg’ is military & political corruption & kickbacks on drug running from Afghanistan.

    IF Trump himself is not being blackmailed (a very big “IF”), then Trump MAY investigate, arrest & prosecute those high-level military & political guys who are engaged in all the corruption and taking all the kickbacks.

    Don’t hold your breath… ;-).

  3. wjabbe  March 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Most brainwashed Americans think that once someone like a member of Congress or a Judge or a Lawyer in the Justice Dept. or an officer on the military, with all their fancy fruit salad on their chests and pressed uniforms or even a president, takes an oath, that they will never again lie, cheat or steal and from then on every word uttered from their mouths will be the absolute truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help them GOD and they will NEVER knowingly violate their oaths again. Americans are the biggest fools on planet earth and deserve to be fooled and had. Oaths are nothing but hot air meaningless words. Human nature cannot be changed with words.

    • JohnZ  March 15, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I can see the bumper stickers: FREE THE FAT LEONARD 500!

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