A former Navy captain of the United States Seventh Fleet admits that he received bribes from foreign defense contractors for a luxurious meal and sex workers.


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  • The former Navy captain pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe of nearly $ 68,000 from a foreign contractor.

  • Donald Hornbeck has accepted dinners, parties and sex workers from businessman Leonard Glenn Francis.

  • The “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal has led to the prosecution of dozens of military personnel.

A former Navy captain pleaded guilty to bribe on Wednesday for receiving nearly $ 68,000 from a Singapore-based defense contractor for a luxury hotel room, dinner, an alcohol-fueled party, and a sex worker.

In him Judicial transactionDonald Hornbeck, 61, admitted that he had received a gift from Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, known as “Fat Leonard.”

In exchange, Hornbeck shared confidential information with Francis and helped Francis’ shipowners, who served U.S. Navy vessels in the Asia-Pacific region, lead the Seventh Fleet’s operations to the serviced ports. ..

Authorities say Francis has charged the Navy more than $ 35 million over the years.

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According to the Ministry of Justice, Francis received invoices from Hornbeck and others in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Thailand and Bangkok, Thailand, and offered a sumptuous dinner of Japanese beef lobster and caviar at luxury hotels and prestigious restaurants. In May 2008, in Manila, Philippines, he paid for a “several days party” that included a sex worker.

Earlier that month, Francis hosted a supper at Meza 9 in Singapore, after which Francis arranged several sex workers to entertain Hornbeck and others, DOJ said. The next day, Hornbeck emailed Francis, saying thank you for the wonderful dinner. “I also really enjoyed my new Mongolian friend,” Francis said in a reference to a sex worker: [B]arbeque Ribs! “

“While many Navy officials were partying with Leonard Francis, a major national security breach went into full swing,” said US lawyer Randy Grossman. statement..

“Today, another participant admitted that he was lost and allowed greed to replace his honor and duty as the driving force of his life.”

Hornbeck’s guilty plea is the latest in a vast naval bribery and corruption scandal. Indictment of 34 military personnel29 of them pleaded guilty.

Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian businessman at the heart of the scandal, pleaded guilty to a bribe of $ 500,000 in 2015, but has not yet been sentenced.

Hornbeck will be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine in a September 8 sentence.

He was one of nine members of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet charged with colluding with Francis in March 2017 by a federal grand jury, and the fourth pleaded guilty. ..

Leonard Glenn Francis is reportedly expected to appear as a star witness indicted in a criminal trial of six naval officers scheduled to begin in February 2022.

He also previously he secretly claimed him Naval officer filmed on videotape With the sex worker he hired.

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