SAN DIEGO — 4 of 5 former U.S. naval officers had been convicted Wednesday of conspiracy, bribery and fraud as a part of the “Fats Leonard” corruption scandal.
The 5 had been the final of 34 defendants to face trial on costs they had been purchased off by the Malaysian protection contractor Leonard Francis, who prosecutors mentioned plied them with prostitutes, Cuban cigars and free resort stays, amongst different issues.
A federal jury convicted former Capts. David Newland, James Dolan and David Lausman and former Cmdr. Mario Herrera of conspiracy to commit bribery, receiving bribes, and conspiracy to commit sincere providers wire fraud, the U.S. lawyer’s workplace introduced.
The jury deadlocked and reached no verdict on costs in opposition to a fifth defendant, former Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless.
The case has centered round Francis, who admitted in 2015 to providing $500,000 in bribes to Navy officers. In alternate, the officers handed him labeled info and even went as far as redirecting army vessels to ports that had been profitable for his Singapore-based ship servicing firm.
Prosecutors say Francis and his firm overcharged the U.S. army by greater than $35 million for its providers.
Francis, who’s scheduled to be sentenced in July, has been cooperating with the U.S. Division of Justice since his arrest in 2013.