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The USS Blue Ridge arrives at a port in Shanghai, Friday, May 6, 2016. The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet has dismissed the cancellation of a planned port visit to Hong Kong by an American aircraft carrier as a minor hurdle in relations between the two militaries. (AP Photo)

Nine Navy personnel were charged with corruption stemming from the 'Fat Leonard' scandal


Nine current and former Navy officials, including an admiral, were charged with offenses stemming from deployments to Asia spanning 2006 through 2014, including corruption and other crimes in the "Fat Leonard" bribery case, Time reported. Among those charged were Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a senior Navy intelligence officer based at the Pentagon, as well as several Navy captains and a retired colonel from the Marine Corps.

That brings the total number of charges connected to the "Fat Leonard" scandal to 27.

The seven Navy officers and one enlisted sailor are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel stays provided by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who plea guilty to defrauding the Navy of millions of dollars. 

According to the indictment, the brides amounted to $25,000 watches, $2,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2,000 bottles of cognac and $600 hotel rooms. 

The documents also revealed that Francis sponsored wild sex parties for many officers on the USS Blue Ridge, the flagship of the Navy's 7th fleet. The indictment pointed to one particular visit by the Blue Ridge to Manila in May 2008 where five of the officers attended “raging multi-day party, with a rotating carousel of prostitutes,” at the Shangri-La Hotel.

In February 2007, Francis allegedly hosted a sex party for officers where “historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur were used by the participants in sexual acts."

More than 200 people have come under scrutiny as prosecutors continue to unfold the details of the "Fat Leonard" scandal.

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