Navy admiral pleads guilty in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal


It’s sad to see this. I am a Navy brat. I grew up to a large extent on Navy bases. That a flag officer has been taken down by such a scandal is no small thing. That as many as 30 admirals were or are under investigation due to connections to the “Fat Leonard” scandal is remarkable also.

(From The Washington Post)

A one-star Navy admiral pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of lying to federal investigators in the wide-ranging “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal, marking an exceptionally rare instance of a flag officer being criminally prosecuted for actions while in uniform.

In a plea deal with prosecutors, Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau, a special assistant to the chief of the Navy Supply Corps, admitted to concealing the duration and extent of his relationship with Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who showered Navy brass with prostitutes, cash and epicurean meals over a decade until his arrest in 2013.

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