Navy's 'Fat Leonard' Bribe Scandal Gets a Lot Worse

Now two admirals are under investigation

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 9, 2013 9:26 AM CST

(Newser) – News that two admirals have been implicated in an ever-growing bribery case makes it the worst scandal to hit the Navy since the infamous Tailhook debauchery of 1991, says the Washington Post. The service last night announced that Vice Adm. Ted Branch and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless have been put on temporary leave and stripped of their security clearances, reports AP. They're the latest and highest-ranking Navy personnel linked to an investigation of improper relations with Singapore-based contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia. Its chief executive, Leonard Glenn Francis—known in the Navy as "Fat Leonard"—was arrested in September.

A quick version of the allegations against him is that he got members of the Navy brass to feed him classified information about ship movements, and even got ships steered to certain ports, so he could then make a killing by providing services to the ships at exorbitant prices. In exchange, he allegedly gave his Navy pals cash and prostitutes. Two commanders and a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent were arrested before the admirals. It's not clear what Branch and Loveless are specifically accused of doing, but the Navy says their alleged misdeeds took place before they were admirals and emphasized that no classified information was compromised. More high-profile arrests are expected.

Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, left, and Vice Adm. Ted Branch in an official portraits.
Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, left, and Vice Adm. Ted Branch in an official portraits.   (AP Photo/US Navy)
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