"FAT LEONARD BRIBERY CASE" COURT-MARTIAL
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Ware had come a long ways since enlisting in the Navy more than 30 years ago. He'd made it to the rank of senior chief petty officer by 2009, then was promoted to his present position and was getting ready to retire when the NCIS nabbed him for his minor role in the "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal, which has rocked the Navy for the past couple years.
The food services officer decided to cut a deal with prosecutors and admitted he had unlawfully accepted free hotel rooms, the use of a car and driver whenever in an Asian port, and cell phones in exchange for marking up the cost of supplies from Glenn Defense Marine Asia, the huge company run by a crooked, heavy-set Malaysian.
Ware was one of the few corrupted Naval personnel who did not avail themselves of the services of prostitutes. He and his wife live in Japan and recently adopted a two-year old daughter. Got to give him credit for at least being faithful to his frau.
WILL WARE RETIRE A WARRANT OFFICER?
The former food services officer on the aircraft carriers George Washington and Ronald Reagan got a relatively light sentence from JAG CAPT Deborah Meyer who tagged him with a six-month stretch in the Brig and fined him $10,000. Prosecutors had sought a much longer incarceration for Ware.
In view of the brief time to be spent behind bars, it seems Ware has cut a deal with the Navy that he might be allowed to retire at (perhaps) a lower grade in exchange for his guilty plea and other "cooperation" with prosecutors. Whether he "sang like a canary," we cannot accurately ascertain.
Ware ends up one of the smallest "fish" caught in the NCIS net. Readers of MilitaryCorruption.com will recall several admirals who disgraced their uniforms in this case, but whom - so far - have escaped any meaningful punishment. Looks like just another case of "different spanks for different ranks." Why should we be surprised? It's "business as usual."