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Some of the bribes Navy personnel have been convicted of taking

Prostitution Hotel rooms and meals Meals, alcohol, gifts and stays at luxury hotels, including one night with his family at the Marriott Waikiki in Hawaii Boutique Nine promotion promotion Boutique promotion Heels West Nine Nine West Boutique Boutique Heels West Heels One night with a prostitute at the Shangri-La hotel in Makati, Philippines One night at a Tokyo hotel Four nights at a Manila hotel, along with a prostitute Four nights at a Hong Kong hotel, along with a prostitute Prostitution Travel Failed to disclose during security clearance review that Francis had given him prostitutes and gifts. Free vacations for him and his extended family in Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore The services of prostitutes in Manila and Japan Tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand Tickets to the “Lion King” musical in Japan A designer handbag for his wife Cash and other gifts worth up to $140,000 Travel expenses, including hotel stays in Singapore, Tokyo and Manila Prostitutes Roundtrip airfare from Japan to the United States $3,000 in cash One night with a prostitute at a karaoke club in Malaysia Three nights at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Singapore Three nights at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong West promotion Boutique promotion Boutique Boutique Heels West Nine Heels promotion Boutique Heels West Nine Nine Two nights at the Empire Hotel in Hong Kong Nine days lodging in Tonga Monthly $1,000 cash allowance Electronic gadgets, including a cellphone, iPad, digital camera and Wii and PSP video-gaming consoles Hotel rooms for him and his Navy friends in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong Cash Laptop computer Travel expenses, including airfare to Bangkok and two nights there in a hotel A prostitute from the Philippines Three-week, five-country vacation in Southeast Asia Cash payments Five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Bali resort hotel in Indonesia A week at the Sheraton Juneirah Beach hotel in Dubai Three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta A week at the St. Regis Bali resort Allegedly accepted prostitutes, free hotel rooms and meals from Francis in exchange for helping Glenn Defense’s business interests. Travel Allegedly accepted prostitutes, meals and liquor from Francis in Singapore and Bangkok. Prostitution Travel

By Craig Whitlock and Kevin Uhrmacher
Updated Sept. 4, 2018
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Civilian authorities have filed criminal charges against 33 people. According to the Navy, an additional 550 active-duty and retired military personnel – including about 60 admirals – have come under scrutiny for possible violations of military law or ethics rules. The Navy says it has cleared more than half of those personnel, but has substantiated misconduct by about 70 people so far. It is keeping most of their names a secret.

What is known

people who have pleaded guilty in

U.S. federal court and

19

1

in Singapore,

13

others have criminal cases pending in

federal court in San Diego

5

sailors have been charged

under military law,

7

admirals and 2 captains have been

disciplined or admonished by the Navy

... and

more than 400

others

What is known

people who have pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court and

1

in Singapore,

19

others have criminal cases pending in federal court in San Diego

13

5

sailors have been charged under military law,

7

admirals and 2 captains have been disciplined or admonished by the Navy

... and

more than 400

others not yet identified.

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Leonard Francis

President and chief executive officer, Glenn Defense Marine Asia

– Has admitted to bribing ‘scores’ of Navy officials with millions of dollars so they would leak him classified and confidential information about Navy operations, which he used in turn to gouge the Navy for port services.

Status Pleaded guilty in January 2015 to bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Punishment Sentence pending.

Edmond Aruffo

Japan country manager for Glenn Defense; former Navy officer, 7th Fleet

– Recruited active-duty Navy officers to work as moles for Glenn Defense. Devised kickback scheme with Japanese contractors to defraud the Navy of more than $1 million. Used the kickback proceeds to pay for items that Glenn Defense did not want to record on its books, such as meals, drinks and gifts it gave to Navy officers.

Status Pleaded guilty in July 2014 to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Punishment Sentence pending.

Alex Wisidagama

Global manager for government contracts, Glenn Defense

– A Singapore citizen and a cousin of Francis, Wisidagama prepared and submitted fraudulent invoices to the Navy for fuel, port tariffs and other services in a $34 million overbilling scheme. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Status Pleaded guilty in March 2014 to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Punishment Sentenced in March 2016 to 63 months in federal prison.

Linda Raja, aka Raja Shamsa

General manager for Singapore, Australia and Pacific Isles for Glenn Defense

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Punishment Sentenced in August 2017 to 46 months in federal prison.

Neil Peterson

Vice president of global operations, Glenn Defense

– Submitted bogus bids, claims and invoices that cheated the Navy of millions of dollars.

Status Pleaded guilty in May 2017 to fraud.

Punishment Sentenced in August 2017 to 70 months in federal prison.

Awaiting trial

Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless (retired)

Former director of intelligence operations for U.S. Navy and intelligence chief for 7th Fleet

– Allegedly made false official statements about his relationship with Francis

– Arrested in California in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy, bribery and making false statements.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Allegedly accepted prostitutes, hotel rooms and extravagant meals from Leonard Francis, and then lied to investigators about it. Travel

Capt. James Dolan (retired)

Former assistant chief of staff for logistics, 7th Fleet

– Allegedly intervened on Glenn Defense’s behalf in contracting and billing disputes.

– Arrested in Pennsylvania in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

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Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Capt. David W. Haas (retired)

Former assistant chief of staff for operations, 7th Fleet

– Allegedly provided Francis with classified ship schedules and exerted pressure on other Navy officials to benefit his firm

– Indicted in August 2018 and charged with conspiracy and bribery

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Capt. David A. Lausman (retired)

Former commanding officer of the USS George Washington and the USS Blue Ridge

– Allegedly steered warships to ports controlled by Glenn Defense and sought to undermine its competitors.

– Arrested in Florida in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy, bribery, obstruction of justice, and making false statements.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Capt. David Newland (retired)

Former chief of staff to the commander, 7th Fleet

– Allegedly helped to steer Navy ships to ports controlled by Francis and intervened on behalf of Glenn Defense during billing and contract disputes.

– Arrested in Texas in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

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Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Col. Enrico "Rick" de Guzman (retired)

Former assistant chief of staff of operations, Marine Corps Forces, Pacific; liaison to 7th Fleet

– Allegedly pushed for Glenn Defense’s business interests within the Navy and helped recruit new members of the conspiracy.

– Arrested in California in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Travel

Cmdr. Mario Herrera

Former fleet operations/schedules officer for 7th Fleet

– Arrested in February in Texas and charged with conspiracy to commit bribery. – Allegedly conspired with other Navy officers to provide classified ship schedules to Francis, and steered Navy vessels to ports controlled by Glenn Defense.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Cmdr. Donald Hornbeck (retired)

Former deputy chief of staff for operations, 7th Fleet

– Allegedly helped to steer Navy ships to ports controlled by Glenn Defense

– Indicted in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Cmdr. Stephen F. Shedd

Former commanding officer of the USS Milius and planning officer for 7th Fleet

– Allegedly leaked classified information about ship movements to Francis.

– Arrested in Colorado in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Travel

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gorsuch (retired)

Former flag administration officer, 7th Fleet

– Allegedly delivered computer disks with classified information to Leonard Francis.

– Arrested in Virginia in March 2017 and charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Travel

Master Chief Petty Officer Ricarte I. David (retired)

– Allegedly allowed Glenn Defense to overbill the Navy in exchange for kickbacks

– Indicted in August 2018 and charged with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Money
Bribes allegedly taken Prostitution Money

Chief Petty Officer Brooks A. Parks

– Allegedly provided Glenn Defense with proprietary Navy cost information and competitors’ secrets

– Indicted in August 2018 and charged with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud

Status Case pending. Has pleaded not guilty.

Types of bribes allegedly taken Travel
Bribes allegedly taken Travel

Unknown Glenn Defense employee

– Indicted by federal grand jury in December 2014 on fraud and conspiracy charges. Identity has been redacted in court records. – Allegedly submitted false price quotes and fraudulent billing invoices for millions of dollars to the Navy.

Status Believed to be in Asia. Arrest warrant pending.

Seven admirals and two captains have been disciplined or admonished by the Navy.

Vice Adm. Ted "Twig" Branch (retired)

Former deputy chief of naval operations and director of naval intelligence

– Navy suspended his access to classified material in November 2013 and announced he was under criminal investigation for “inappropriate conduct.” Justice Department decided in 2017 not to press criminal charges and referred his case to the Navy for review.

Status Navy announced in September 2017 that it had taken “administrative action” against Branch. Documents show he accepted meals and gifts, but Navy was unable to verify allegations Francis provided him with prostitutes.

Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller (retired)

Former superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy

Nine West Heels promotion promotion Nine Boutique Nine Boutique Boutique promotion West Heels Heels Boutique West – Censured in February 2015 for accepting gifts and “extravagant” meals from Francis in 2006 while serving as commanding officer of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group.

Status Retired in August 2015.

Rear Adm. Adrian Jansen

Former naval attache to Indonesia and defense attache to China

– Found guilty in February 2017 of violating military law for accepting wine and dinners worth more than $5,000 from Glenn Defense. Reprimanded and fined $7,500.

Status Retirement pending.

Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft (retired)

Former commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan

– Censured in February 2015 for accepting “extravagant” meals from Francis in 2006 and 2007 while serving as the commanding officer of the USS Ronald Reagan.

Status Forced to retire in July 2015.

Rear Adm. Kenneth J. Norton (retired)

Former commander, USS Ronald Reagan

– Censured in November 2017 for accepting gifts from Francis in 2008 and 2009, including a $700-person dinner, cigars, alcohol, three parties with prostitutes and a stay at a $1,500-per-night beach villa.

Status Retired in November 2014.

Rear Adm. David R. Pimpo (retired)

Former commander with the Naval Supply Systems Command

– Censured in February 2015 for accepting gifts and “extravagant” meals from Francis in 2006 and 2007 while serving as the supply officer for the USS Ronald Reagan.

Status Reduced in rank and forced to retire as a captain in July 2015.

Rear Adm. Richard Wren (retired)

Former commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan

– Censured in June 2018 for accepting thousands of dollars worth of dinners, Cuban cigars, champagne and boxes of steaks from Francis between 2008 and 2010.

Status Retired in 2011.

Capt. Timothy Conroy (retired)

Former chief of staff, USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group

– Censured in June 2018 for accepting a $1,000 dinner and other favors from Francis, including prostitutes, during port visits to Singapore and Malaysia in 2008.

Status Retired in 2010

Capt. Charles A. Johnson

Former commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 and USS McCampbell

– Censured in June 2018 for committing graft, lying to investigators and accepting gifts from Francis between 2004 and 2010, including several dinners and two elephant vases worth $900.

Status Still active duty

Court-martial proceedings: Five sailors have been charged with crimes under military law.

Capt. John F. Steinberger

Former commander, Destroyer Squadron 1 and USS Decatur

– Accepted thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Francis in the form of hotel rooms, meals and prostitutes during 2011 port visits to Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and Hong Kong.

Status Pleaded guilty in March 2018 to willful dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Punishment Reprimanded and fined $10,000.

Types of bribes taken Prostitution Travel
Bribes taken Allegedly accepted prostitutes, free hotel rooms and meals from Francis in exchange for helping Glenn Defense’s business interests. Travel

Cmdr. David A. Morales

Former deputy director for Navy contracting operations in Singapore

– Accepted lavish meals and gifts from Francis, including suckling pigs and tickets to a Julio Iglesias concert.

Status Found guilty in September 2018 of conduct unbecoming an officer and failure to report foreign contacts.

Punishment Sentenced to 165 days confinement and penalized $35,000 in fines and lost pay.

Cmdr. Jason W. Starmer

Former operations director for U.S. military advisory group to Thailand

– Accepted thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Leonard Francis in the form of meals, prostitutes and alcohol during visits to Singapore in 2012 and 2013.

Status Pleaded guilty in March 2018 to adultery, patronizing a prostitute and willful dereliction of duty.

Punishment Reprimanded and penalized $6,000 in fines and lost pay.

Types of bribes taken Prostitution
Bribes taken Allegedly accepted prostitutes, promotion Boutique Nine West promotion promotion West West Nine Boutique Boutique Heels Nine Boutique Heels Heels meals and liquor from Francis in Singapore and Bangkok.

Lt. Peter L. Vapor

Supply Corps officer, formerly based in Singapore

– Accepted gifts from Leonard Francis while based in Singapore in 2012 and made false statements to NCIS agents.

Status In plea deal, disciplined in February 2018 for accepting improper gifts, false official statements and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Punishment Reprimanded and fined $2,000.

Types of bribes taken Prostitution
Bribes taken Prostitution

Chief Warrant Officer Brian T. Ware

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– Illicitly accepted free hotel rooms, cell phones and chauffered transportation from Glenn Defense during 10 different port visits in Asia from 2010 to 2013. 

Status Pleaded guilty to graft and ethics violations in January 2018.

Punishment Sentenced to six months confinement and $10,000 fine

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