Hundreds of Naval officers investigated over Fat Leonard

More than 60 admirals and hundreds of Navy officers are being investigated over their contact with Malaysian defense contractor 'Fat Leonard' who routinely bribed sailors with prostitutes, liquor and karaoke.

Leonard Glenn Francis, dubbed 'Fat Leonard' for his considerable 350lbs frame, was renowned for throwing extravagant parties which could last for days, according federal records.

Francis, who made a fortune supplying Navy vessels in ports all over the globe, had befriended dozens of admirals, bribing them with booze and girls in exchange for classified information to help his Singapore-based defense contract firm, records show.

Leonard Glenn Francis, dubbed 'Fat Leonard' for his considerable 350lbs frame, was renowned for throwing extravagant parties for Naval officers, bribing them with booze and girls in exchange for classified information

Leonard Glenn Francis, dubbed 'Fat Leonard' (left and right) for his considerable 350lbs frame, was renowned for throwing extravagant parties for Naval officers, bribing them with booze and girls in exchange for classified information 

The widespread corruption came to light after Francis was arrested in an international sting operation four years ago.

Since then, 28 people have been charged including two admirals. But the Navy has now revealed that it is currently investigating 440 other active-duty and retired personnel - including 60 current and former admirals - over their potential ties to Fat Leonard and his company.

The 'colossal bribery and fraud scandal' is one of the biggest in Naval history. 

So far, the Navy has identified only 10 of the 440 individuals under military investigation, and just five have been charged with crimes under military law, documents show. None of those who have been charged are admirals. 

An official said the Navy has concluded that 230 of those under review were not guilty of misconduct as they had little to no contact with Francis, or had attended a dinner but under extenuating circumstances.

David Kapaun, right, seen with Singaporean military officers at a 2001 reception. Kapaun has pleaded guilty to fraud for lying about his relationship with defense contractor 'Fat Leonard'

David Kapaun, right, seen with Singaporean military officers at a 2001 reception. Kapaun has pleaded guilty to fraud for lying about his relationship with defense contractor 'Fat Leonard'

Those who have been charged include retired US Navy commander David Kapaun who pleaded guilty to lying about his relationship with the Malaysian defense contractor.

Kapaun said in court that he omitted Francis from a security clearance update form because he knew 'I did have a past association with him that was unfavorable'.

He also didn't disclose receiving dinners, hotel stays and prostitutes from Francis, said his defense attorney, Victor Bakke. 'He played a minor role in the overall scheme that was conducted by Fat Leonard.  

The allegations prompted Kapaun to resign earlier this year from his civilian position as deputy chief of staff for US Special Operations Command Pacific. He still awaits sentencing.

Earlier this year, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau was jailed for 18 months after admitting in 2016 that he lied to investigators when questioned over his relationship with Francis.

Fat Leonard's company provided services such as trash and sewage removal, food, water, security and fuel to US Navy ships. The USS Nimitz (pictured) is one ship it serviced

Fat Leonard's company provided services such as trash and sewage removal, food, water, security and fuel to US Navy ships. The USS Nimitz (pictured) is one ship it serviced

Gilbeau admitted lying to investigators by saying he had never accepted gifts from the man which prosecutors claim included prostitutes and parties.

The 56-year-old confessed that when the pair met three times a year, Francis always picked up the tab. Gilbeau received gifts from Francis and met with him three times a year for extravagant dinners for at which Francis, a Malaysian citizen, always picked up

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