‘Fat Leonard’ Spreads Money & Prostitutes Around The U.S. Navy

‘Fat Leonard’ Spreads Money & Prostitutes Around The U.S. Navy


Sixty U.S. Navy Admirals are now part of a
massive investigation looking into bribery and corruption charges that center around
the now-jailed former Malaysian contractor known as Fat Leonard. The allegations include pay outs in cigars,
watches and rotating carousels of prostitutes in exchange for military information. Joining me now to talk about that is correspondent
Brigida Santos. Brigida, oddly enough, not a lot of coverage
on this story from corporate media. One of the details of the allegations on these
officers and how many military personnel are under investigation, it does involve contractors. It always usually goes back to weapons contractors,
government contractors. Where does this one go? Four hundred and forty active and retired
sailors are now under investigation for ethics violations, including those 60 admirals that
you mentioned. Keep in mind, there are only 220 admirals
in the entire Navy, so this is very widespread. Thirty-four people are facing criminal charges,
19 of whom have already pleaded guilty in federal court. This is by far the worst corruption case in
U.S. Navy history, Mike. Fat Leonard, that’s this guy’s name. Fat Leonard Francis is now in jail for bribing
these officers. Who is Fat Leonard? It sounds like some kind of character out
of a cheesy novel. How did he end up doing business with the
U.S. Navy in the first place? I ask that question, I kind of know the answer
because we understand how corporate contractors, how government contractors, weapons contractors,
military contractors, I’ve seen how they work. It’s a pretty ugly picture. Tell us about this Fat Leonard, if you would. Leonard Glenn Francis is a 350-pound defense
contractor from Singapore. He’s said to be very charming and likable. In fact, so much so, that he bribed Navy officials
and employees with all of those lavish gifts and prostitutes and things like that in exchange
for classified information about the movement of war ships and submarines, information about
contracts that his competitors had, and even information about ongoing law enforcement
inquiries into his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He then used all of that information to get
U.S. Navy ships to dock at ports that his company controlled so that he could then overcharge
the Navy $35 million in services for things like removing sewage, barges, food supply,
things like that. He did this for over a decade. In fact, he built up such a good relationship
with the Navy that his company was the one most depended on by the Navy to resupply and
refuel its vessels in the Seventh Fleet. Of course, the Seventh Fleet is the largest
Navy fleet in Asia, and it’s responsible for patrolling the Indian and Pacific Oceans,
Mike, so this is incredibly outrageous and shocking. A book was just published that I wrote, it’s
called Law and Vengeance. It’s a legal thriller, and it’s actually about
this very topic of government contractors. What we’re talking about in this story is
just the edge of how corrupt the system really is. When people start understanding how many billions
of dollars, billions of dollars, every single year that we waste in these government contracts
kinds of scenarios, where nobody talks about it. Media doesn’t talk about it, government sure
doesn’t talk about it, and it’s billions of dollars with people, not exclusively with
all the Fat Leonards in the world, but there’s a lot of it. How long do you think this went on with Fat
Leonard and the Seventh Fleet? What do you think? This went on, as I said, for over a decade. Federal agents actually nabbed him in 2013. They lured him to San Diego under the pretense
that he would be meeting with some admirals who were going to offer him these lucrative
shady contracts. He took the bait, of course, and was arrested,
so this has been going on for a really long time, Mike. It’s puzzling to think how one man, Brigida,
can end up having so much ownership over the loyalty of a branch of the U.S. military. Is there anything out there that explains
how so many caved in to this sex and booze trade? We get it, money goes a long way in any kind
of setting, whether it’s an admiral, whether it’s some contractor that believes they can
pay their way into any opportunity to steal from taxpayers. What is your take on this? It was really just super easy for him. It sounds like he just bribed people, offered
them things. He was very charming. People said that he was really good at getting
close to them, exploiting their weaknesses. He would find out if people had marital problems
or financial problems and then exploit those problems to get them to agree to go down this
dark rabbit hole with him. One Navy official said he was so good at it,
that even the KGB couldn’t have done this. He was really offering people, in one case,
things like escorts dressed up like Santa’s helpers just to get a $660,000 sewage bill
slapped onto the Navy. It really wasn’t that hard. It simply comes down to money here. My bet is that this probably originated with
a whistle-blower. The problem is, our firm, for example, we
handle whistle-blowers in these types of cases, and when you see how the whistle-blower is
handled, the person who’s trying to say to the public, trying to say to the government,
“Look, we’re being ripped off for billions of dollars because of these crooked kinds
of arrangements on bidding,” or whatever, fixed bids, whatever it is. People have no idea about how much taxpayers
lose on this because nobody talks about it. This type of scenario with Fat Leonard, I
can promise you, happens every single day and there’s nobody that’s there to account
for how many billions of dollars taxpayers lose because of these scams. The Navy is funded with U.S. tax dollars,
of course. How much money did these officers and Fat
Leonard scam from the American public, where the Department of Justice, I guess, there
is some plan to get it back? How much money are we talking about, do you
think here? This was $35 million dollars. The judge has ordered all of the defendants
to repay that amount in restitution but, at the same time, the judge has acknowledged
that those people are not going to be able to pay back that money because they simply
don’t have the means. In addition to this scandal, there are several
other problems in the Navy. In fact, four major accidents happened in
Asian waters this year where the Seventh Fleet operates. Just this week, two Navy SEALs are now under
investigation for allegedly murdering a U.S. Army Green Beret, who had discovered that
they were reportedly stealing cash that was meant for informants, Mike. This is an entire branch of our military,
it sounds like and, if it’s happening there, it might be happening elsewhere. Of course, there’s the $12 billion dollars
that disappeared in Iraq, that the government still has no explanation on where it went,
and the story goes on. Brigida, thank you for covering this. We’re going to cover a lot more of these whistle-blower
kinds of cases.

21 comments

  1. Can we just bring it back to how it used to be in the past, when the military handled ALL of it's own work internally. And cut out all of these contractors. When you start to hire all of these third parties it becomes harder to keep a eye on what is going on, and there are close to zero oversight and you get taken for a ride $$$$ wise. Give those jobs to our OWN soldiers, sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guards and or US citizens (DOD).

  2. As a former sailor, I find this to be disgusting, yet unsurprising. This sort of thing is hideously prevalent in the U.S. military. Everyone who participates in these activities should be dishonorably discharged.

  3. Seize his property and force him, not "his girls" to work off EVERY BIT of that 35 mil+ interest and fines…….lots of tricks to turn…….let him die with three penises inside him (gonna need to add a hole or two) cause in this case he will never please enough men in his lifetime to pay off the debt….but damnnit make him try anyway….maybe let those admirals take some of those dicks too

  4. This very old news. Rachel Maddow reported on this seven months ago and went into more details. They even used General McArthur's​ old room for wild sex parties. They also used some of the items in the room for sex toys.. The media never got all over this..Bribes, kick backs,whores,booze and billions of dollars…Seems like
    it would be big news…

  5. Wow she's pretty. @[email protected] Also yeah… Doubtful it's shocking to anyone that a government agency that wastes so much money like the US military does isn't also fucking up majorly. The only difference is that now they can't hide it that well.

  6. So our admirals are so cheaply bribed that cigars and booze will do the job. What a fucking shitty country we've become.
    P.S. The whores are cheaper than the booze and cigars.

  7. Good grief, how corrupt is our country and who do we trues? Our tax dollars being use on everything but us and infrastructure, but we keep giving to military money in every administration.

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