The US Navy's biggest corruption scandal erupted with sexual overtones.
The Washington Post, citing US Department of Justice on the material reported to account for corruption, eight officers of the Navy and the US Marine Corps. They are accused of fraud Singaporean contractor. This episode - just the tip of the iceberg: the US military justice system suspected of impropriety over 200 naval officers, including 30 admirals.
The scandal, which is devoted to an article in the Washington Post, flared up in the past few years. It is related to corruption in the system of logistics of the US Navy in the Western Pacific, where one of the main contractor is the company Glenn Marine Group, founded in 1946, in Penang, Malaysia. For many years, the company provided services shipchandlera - food vendor, water, fuel, electricity, clean sweep, as well as other types of supply and port services, gradually extending its activities from Penang to many other ports of different countries.
According to available information, the company, which were part of Glenn Marine Group, provides services to the US Navy ships in the South-East Asia for a quarter century. The company's revenue in that time - hundreds of millions of dollars. According to US military justice, director and owner of the company, a Singaporean businessman Leonard Glenn Francis (known by the nickname "fat Leonard") provided to the business preferential treatment through systematic bribery of senior officers 7-th Fleet of the US Navy in the area which includes the western part of the responsibility of the Pacific ocean.
Problems like Francis himself, and collaborated with him in the Navy officers appeared on the background of attempts to Barack Obama's administration to cut US military spending when the controlling bodies interested in unnecessarily high prices in some contracts. It turned out that Leonard Francis involved in an elaborate scheme to bribe dozens of high-ranking naval officers, paying for lucrative contracts with corrupt military large sums of money, relaxing stay in expensive hotels, elite alcohol, luxury goods and the services of prostitutes.
To arrest of Francis, the Americans conducted a large-scale covert operation with the activation of several admirals who invited the contractor to the United States, ostensibly to discuss new attractive contracts. Businessman came to the States, and 16 September 2013, was arrested in his hotel room with a view of the San Diego Harbor - the main base of the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy. It was the first step in the operation involving hundreds of police officers from different countries in America, Asia and Oceania, detained and questioned many suspects and confiscate the necessary documents.
Crew boats the US Navy in the Bay of Manila
Among the main difficulties, as noted by the American press, there was a risk of information leakage - US law enforcement agencies have already had information about bribery Francis not only soldiers, but also the security officers, who, in exchange for financial assistance to "merge" the businessman secret information about internal investigations.
The main corruption scheme was very simple: Francis bribed officers and admirals were selected for visits of warships the ports where the relevant services are provided by his company. These services are generously paid for by the military budget allocated to the logistics fleet software.
Here are a few detained in the case of Francis:
- Commander Michael Mishevich - passed secret information about the planned comes to US Navy ships in the ports. Issue recommendations for the vehicles, which favored the ports controlled by Francis. He received "kickbacks" in the form of tickets for his family on the show "The Lion King" in Tokyo, flight and tickets for the concert of Lady Gaga, prostitutes.
- Employee service of the US Navy Criminal Investigation John Beliveau - gathering information about the company's Glenn defence Marine in the United States of the research activity (Asia) (GDMA, one of the companies included in Glenn Marine Group) and passed it to Francis in exchange for a three-week trip to Asia, laptop for his girlfriend and also prostitutes.
- Commander Jose Luis Sanchez - GDMA provided secret information about the movements of Navy ships. Francis paid him and his friends to party with prostitutes in different Asian hotels.
Not only a lot of money
Similarly, Francis and paying with a senior intelligence officer US Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless. In 2008 was in Manila during the approach to the Philippines ship management 7-th fleet "Blue Ridge" five Navy officers took part, as stated in the Washington Post, in a "frantic multi-day party with prostitutes carousel" in "Shangri-La" hotel. Military drank all had the hotel reserve champagne "Dom Perignon". All expenses in excess of 50 thousand dollars, Francis took over. In addition, according to the publication, Francis regularly touted his business partners watches cost from 25 thousand dollars, Cuban cigars cost two thousand dollars for a box of cognac of similar value, paid for hotel rooms cost from 600 dollars per night. Scrupulous listing price in the article finally begins to resemble the Soviet satires about the moral and domestic expansion in the West, or, if we take the recent history of Russia, - numerous corruption scandals Western Group of Forces in the first half 1990-ies.
Photo: Manila Hotel
In another case, it came even before the abuse of US military history. During a call, "Blue Ridge" to Manila in 2007, Francis organized several officers of the US Navy sex party in the room that once held General Douglas MacArthur, commander of the US Army in the Philippines. "Pertaining to General MacArthur furnishings used for sexual acts", - quotes the WP indictment.
The scale of what is happening is not confined to moral and domestic expansion of individual officers (or even a group of officers) and confirmed in correspondence of Francis found hundreds of e-mails from senior Navy officers, including thanked for the warm welcome. Among his clients were commanding at different times 7-th Fleet, Vice-Admiral Robert Willard and Jonathan Grinert subsequently completed service in the US Navy commander of the Pacific and the Chief of Naval Operations, respectively, retired with the rank of fleet admiral.
Willard and Grinert not yet started (at least officially) persons involved in "Leo Tolstoy" of the case, but refused to comment on the situation. In total, during the investigation of employees of US law enforcement agencies interrogated several hundred officers, including Admirals. More than 200 people, including 30 admirals, are under suspicion.
Vice-Admiral Robert Willard (left), Jonathan Grinert
"The Soviets could not penetrate to us better than Leonard Francis, - quotes the WP anonymous officer of the US Navy. - He has the people skills of any provision. He buys you so fast that you do not even have time to understand it. At one time it extended its influence on the entire chain of command. KGB would not have done what he did "
How far will the investigation, "Leo Tolstoy" of the scandal and what it will lead is uncertain. Affairs of this magnitude, which fall under suspicion several generations of commanders and staff officers, most of the US Navy, was not yet in history.