NAVY LCDR LATEST OFFICER TO PLEAD GUILTY
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The eighth person to plead guilty to bribery in what has come to be known as the "Fat Leonard" - U.S. Navy scandal has cut a deal with investigators.
LCDR Todd Malaki agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery before U.S. Magistrate Michael Dembin in San Diego Federal Court.
The 25-year Navy veteran had been charged with accepting cash-stuffed envelopes, free use of luxury hotel rooms, and the services of a prostitute in exchange for tipping off Francis Glenn Defense Marine Asia as to classified ship schedules.
The Singapore-based contractor provided trash removal, food, water and security to American warships visiting Southeast Asian ports. Its boss, the mysterious moneyman "Fat Leonard," is being held in federal custody and is said to be cooperating with investigators. So is Malaki, sources tell us.
HE'S STILL ON ACTIVE DUTY
Malaki, 44, remains on active duty with the Navy, awaiting his sentencing July 6th. The Clinton, Maine native, who admitted he started to accept cash bribes back in 2006, faces up to five years in prison.
The 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College is free on $10,000 bail.
Two individuals, CAPT Michael Misiewicz, and civilian contracting officer Paul Simpkins, have been charged but pleaded "not guilty."
A "DOUBLE-STANDARD" OF JUSTICE
One thing you can take to the bank - no flag officer is going to jail in this case, Check it out in the related stories box directly below our story and other such items we've published over the past year.
Yes, several admirals have had their security clearance suspended, and will end up getting a slap on the wrist. But anyone below 0-7 is going to get hammered, while the top brass, as usual, will avoid real penalties.
Different spanks for different ranks. What else is new?
|ANOTHER SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY
TO ACCEPTING BRIBES - CAPT DANIEL DUSEK SAYS
HE LEAKED SHIP MOVEMENT INTEL TO CRIMINAL
MASTERMIND ("FAT LEONARD" FRANCIS) OF GLENN
DEFENSE MARINE ASIA IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH,
GIFTS AND PROSTITUTES - 26-YEAR NAVY VETERAN
FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON WHEN HE
IS SLATED TO BE SENTENCED IN APRIL