The Navy officials ‘Fat Leonard’ took down
May 18, 2017
Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian defense contractor, has pleaded guilty to bribing “scores” of Navy officials with cash, prostitutes and other gifts — such as hotel stays, airfare and electronics — so that they would feed him classified or inside information, which he used to defraud the Navy. The slowly unfolding investigation has exposed a staggering degree of corruption within the 7th Fleet.
Authorities in the United States and Singapore have filed criminal charges against 27 people so far. Prosecutors have said 200 people are under scrutiny, but only a few have been named publicly. The Navy has also disciplined four admirals for violating military law or ethical regulations.