SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy lieutenant commander has admitted to providing inside information to a Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” whose ship supply company overbilled the maritime branch by at least $35 million.
Supply and logistic officer Lt. Cmdr. Gentry Debord pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bribery Thursday in federal court in San Diego.
Prosecutors say Debord regularly requested Glenn Defense Marine Asia executives arrange prostitutes for him during port visits in Asia in exchange for helping the company.
The company’s CEO, Leonard Francis, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to bribing Navy officials with more than $500,000 in cash, prostitutes, luxury hotel stays and a staggering amount of others gifts in exchange for classified information.
Among the 16 defendants are 11 current or former U.S. Navy officials.