Former US Seventh Fleet captain bribed with sex workers, hotels and meals

  • A former navy captain has pleaded guilty to accepting nearly $68,000 in bribes from a foreign contractor.
  • Donald Hornbeck accepted dinners, parties and sex workers from businessman Leonard Glenn Francis.
  • The “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal has led to the indictment of dozens of military officials.

A former navy captain pleaded guilty to bribery on Wednesday for accepting nearly $68,000 in luxury hotel rooms, dinner parties, booze parties and sex workers from a Singapore-based defense contractor .

In his court agreementDonald Hornbeck, 61, has admitted accepting gifts from Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed “Fat Leonard”.

In exchange, Hornbeck shared confidential information with Francis and helped direct Seventh Fleet activities to ports serviced by Francis’ ship management company which serviced United States Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific region.

Authorities say Francis overcharged the Navy over the years by more than $35 million.

According to the Justice Department, Francis footed the bill for Hornbeck and others in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand, treating them to luxury hotels and lavish lobster dinners. and Wagyu beef caviar in the best restaurants. In May 2008, in Manila, Philippines, he paid for a “multi-day party” that included sex workers.

Earlier that month, Francis hosted a dinner party at Mezza9 in Singapore, after which Francis arranged for several sex workers to entertain Hornbeck and others, the DOJ said. The next day, Hornbeck emailed Francis to say thank you for the fantastic dinner. “Also really enjoyed my new Mongolian friend,” a reference to a sex worker, to which Francis noted, “Hot Mongolian [B]Arbeque ribs!”

“As dozens of Navy officials partied with Leonard Francis, a massive breach of national security was in full swing,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. declaration.

“Today another participant admitted that he had gone astray, allowing greed to replace honor and duty as the driving force in his life.”

Hornbeck’s guilty plea is the latest in a sweeping naval bribery and corruption scandal that has led to the indictment of 34 military officials, 29 of whom have pleaded guilty.

Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian businessman at the heart of the scandal, pleaded guilty in 2015 to $500,000 in bribes but has yet to be convicted.

Hornbeck faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced Sept. 8.

He was one of nine members of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2017 for conspiring with Francis and taking bribes, and the fourth to plead guilty.

Leonard Glenn Francis is set to appear as a star prosecution witness in the criminal trial of six naval officers due to open in February 2022.

He also previously claimed that he secretly filmed naval officers with sex workers he recruited.


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