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'Fat Leonard' Scandal: 60 US Navy Admirals Implicated

'Fat Leonard' Scandal: 60 US Navy Admirals Implicated
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By    |   Monday, 06 November 2017 08:36 AM

Investigations into the “Fat Leonard" scandal continue, with 440 active-duty and retired U.S. Navy personnel reportedly suspected of having violated military law when dealing with the Malaysian military contractor.

The probe now implicates at least 60 current and former admirals who are suspected of trading information that could assist Leonard Glenn Francis’s firm in exchange for lavish gifts, the International Business Times reported.

Fox News reported the 53-year-old maritime tycoon, who was known in circles as “Fat Leonard,” enticed Navy personnel to share confidential information by offering them expensive gifts, luxury hotel stays and even access to sex workers.

The owner of the Glenn Defense Marine Asia firm, who was arrested in a sting operation in San Diego in 2013, pleaded guilty in 2015 for defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars, Stars and Stripes reported.

Since then 28 members of the Navy, including two admirals, have been indicted and hundreds more are under scrutiny for their possible involvement in the case.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco said that defendants in the indictment were “entrusted with the honor and responsibility of administering the operations of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, which is tasked with protecting our nation by guarding an area of responsibility that spanned from Russia to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean,” International Business Times said.

“With this honor and awesome responsibility came a duty to make decisions based on the best interests of the Navy and the 40,000 Sailors and Marines under their care who put their lives at risk every day to keep us secure and free," Blanco said, adding that the defendants were alleged to have “sold their honor and responsibility in exchange for personal enrichment.”

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Investigations into the “Fat Leonard" scandal continue, with 440 active-duty and retired U.S. Navy personnel reportedly suspected of having violated military law when dealing with the Malaysian military contractor.
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