CORRUPTION

Contractor Pleads Guilty in Navy Scandal

A Malaysian defense contractor pleaded guilty to charges of bribery and conspiracy in federal court on Thursday, exposing one of the U.S. Navy's worst corruption cases in its history. Leonard Glenn Francis, the chief executive of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia, agreed to forfeit $35 million and could face up to 25 years in prison after he admitted to bribing "scores" of Navy officials and swindling the service out of at least $20 million. Hours earlier in the same San Diego courthouse, Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek entered a guilty plea and admitted to revealing military secrets to Francis in exchange for prostitutes, money and luxury trips. Dusek allegedly provided details about Navy ship schedules to Glenn Defense Marine so Francis could inflate invoices and overcharge the Navy. The decade-long investigation involves more than 100 law enforcement agents, spanning across eight states and eight Asian countries, according to court records. Six current and former Navy officials have pleaded guilty so far, while the Navy has taken administrative action against two admirals, including the chief of naval intelligence.