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SIGNIFICANCE Start Here Why Fat Leonard is Important What is the Fat Leonard Scandal
ARTICLES - Often With More Detailed Links
NAMES - List of Navy leaders involved Names - Glenn Marine
SHIPS/PORTS Navy Ships and Ports
HISTORY History/Contextual: 2002 Al Qaeda Singapore Connection (terrorist plots); Free Trade Agreement
SINGAPORE Related Singapore Corruption - Technology (Ships/Planes, naval supplier, high tech)
VARIOUS Legal, Investigators, Cases, Trading Secrets, Whistleblowers, Aragoncillo, FBI spy for Filipino government,
Related Navy corruption
Why Fat Leonard is Important
Fat Leonard Influence from late 1990s to 2013
“It’s really been pretty devastating to the upper ranks of the Navy... There were bad people here. You
gotta catch them. You got to make sure they’re punished. But there were a lot of people that didn’t do
anything that got caught up in this.…”
“The sheer volume of Navy personnel exposed to Francis is indicative of how ubiquitous GDMA’s [Glenn
Defense Marine Asia run by Fat Leonard] reach was in the Western Pacific from the late 1990s to his
From USNI-2019/01/24 (directly below)
USNI US Naval Institute
2019/01/24 Paying price hidden cost Fat Leonard investigation. By Sam LaGrone.
Note: Founded in 1873, the U.S. Naval Institute is the independent forum for those who dare to
read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific
understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security
Excerpt: The investigation into the web of corruption spun by contractor Leonard Francis has
wreaked havoc on the Navy’s ability to fill senior leadership roles, unintentionally stalled
hundreds of officers’ careers and thinned out the service’s flag ranks, USNI News has
learned…The six-year-long Department of Justice-led probe into the “Fat Leonard” scandal has
resulted in 33 federal indictments, 22 guilty pleas and Francis admitting to authorities that his
company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, had overbilled the Navy by $35 million to support port visits
by U.S. warships…The sheer volume of Navy personnel exposed to Francis is indicative of how
ubiquitous GDMA’s reach was in the Western Pacific from the late 1990s to his 2013 arrest. The
Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet relied heavily on GDMA to carve out places where U.S. warships could
make port calls as Washington wrestled with Beijing for influence in the South China Sea, several
officers who served in 7th Fleet have told USNI News.
Navy Matters Blog Spot
Even more disturbing than the violations and the number of people fired or charged with crimes
is that none of these people were called out by their peers. Do you really think that all these
hundreds of people were able to conduct their misdeeds in utter secrecy from those who worked
closely with them on a day to day basis some of the misdeeds covering years? Of course not!
Other people knew that wrongs were being committed and those who knew but said nothing
are just as guilty of a failure of integrity (if not actual crimes!) as the principals. From Navy
Matters Blog Spot (more in Articles below)
2016/12/28 Navy Repeatedly Dismissed Evidence that Fat Leonard Was Cheating the 7th Fleet
What is the Fat Leonard Scandal?
“At the heart of the scandal was Glenn Defense Marine Asia of Singapore [a subsidiary of Glenn Marine
Group], a firm run by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian national known as Fat Leonard for his 350-pound
weight. Francis provided thousands of dollars in cash, travel expenses, luxury items, and prostitutes to a large
number of U.S. uniformed officers, who in turn gave him classified material about the movements of U.S.
ships and submarines, confidential contracting information, and information about active law enforcement
investigations into Glenn Defense Marine Asia.” (Wikipedia)
In a word: American and western world security. The safety of military personnel on board every craft
associated with the scandal. The safety of the intactness of the American presence in southeast Asia.
The safety of the continental United States. The sheer vastness of the compromised situation - the
zone of influence. Who was involved, how many, links to other significant issues (perhaps 9/11).
Fat Leonard Case Worse Than China or Tailhook Scandal:
“Several senior officials over the last several months have told USNI News that the damage done to
Navy leadership was worse than the aftermath of the 1991 Tailhook convention scandal.
“I think it is worse. I think it’s very secretive,” a retired flag officer told USNI News. “At least with
Tailhook, people knew that if they went to Tailhook they were being looked at. Right now, as far as
anyone knows, if you ever went west of Hawaii, you’re being looked at. As far as anyone knows, but no
one really knows.”
Last year, a senior U.S. Pacific Command staffer told a room of Australians, when asked about the
ongoing case, “China could never have dreamt up a way to do this much damage to the U.S. Navy’s
These Leaders are Supposed to Lead Troops Through Combat
2017/04 Navy Matters Blog Spot
The real point is that the Navy is clearly systemically integrity-challenged and yet, if we go to war
tomorrow, these are the very people who will be leading us in combat. Do we really want these kinds
of people to be our combat leaders?
Fat Leonard Case
American Conservative: Fat Leonard and the Decline of Military Values: The officer corps was once assumed to be
above larger cultural rot. No more.By Andrew J. Bacevich (03/20.2017)
Federal News Radio
2017/03/17 Face Navy’s 7th Fleet Scandal is Malignant. By Tom Temin
Military dot com
2015/12/03 by Erik Slavin
Military Corruption dot com:
-Sanchez, Jose Sanchez
Excerpt: Navy CDR Jose Luis Sanchez has cut a deal with government prosecutors, and that could be
bad news for two Navy flag officers, sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com. The 42 year-old former XO for
Fleet Logistics Center at Yokosuka admitted to accepting bribes from Malaysian business mogul "Fat
Leonard" Glenn Francis to make sure U.S. warships used his facilities at various Asian ports of call.
Overcharging the Navy for various services, such as food and fuel, finally caught up with the obese
crook. Sanchez, who faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in March, (but probably will
get far less jail time, because of his cooperation with federal investigators in this case) admitted he
took $100,000 in cash payoffs and enjoyed free romps with prostitutes in exchange for his steering
Naval craft to ports where Fat Leonard's contracting firm could rip them off.
-Misiewicz, Michael Vannak Khem - Navy CMDR
2017/03/14 Admiral, seven others charged with corruption in new ‘Fat Leonard’ indictment. By Craig Whitlock.
Excerpt: The Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight current and former
Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case,
escalating an epic scandal that has dogged the Navy for the past four years. Among those charged were
Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a senior Navy intelligence officer based at the Pentagon, several Navy captains
and a retired colonel from the Marine Corps. The charges cover a period of eight years, from 2006 through
2014. The Navy personnel are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel
stays courtesy of Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who has already pleaded
guilty to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars.
The indictment lists page after page of bribes allegedly consumed by the defendants — seven senior officers
and one enlisted sailor — including $25,000 watches, $2,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2,000 bottles of cognac
and $600-per-night hotel rooms.
According to the charging documents, Francis also frequently sponsored wild sex parties for many officers
on the USS Blue Ridge, the flagship of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, and other warships. During a port visit by the Blue
Ridge to Manila in May 2008, for example, five of the Navy officers attended a “raging multi-day party, with a
rotating carousel of prostitutes,” at the Shangri-La Hotel, according to the indictment. The group allegedly
drank the hotel’s entire supply of Dom Perignon champagne and rang up expenses exceeding $50,000,
which Francis covered in full.
National Interest: Fat Leonard Scandal
Talks a little about why secrets might be kept in the military such as occurred in the Fat Leonard Case.
Navy Matters Blog Spot: Integrity
Note From PF: I really like this article. It speaks to the core of what I feel are the issues at hand. I have done
some rearranging of the paragraph structures and applied italics where I felt he was making a particularly
important point. I am deeply grateful that someone stepped up to the plate and wrote on these critical
Excerpt: The “Fat Leonard” scandal that has rocked the Navy and the 7th Fleet, in particular, has, thus far,
seen several current and former Navy commanders, including admirals, convicted of various charges with
several others “censured or disciplined” for ethics violations. Currently, 30 admirals are still under
investigation (5). Charges and violations cover the gamut from “simple” ethics violations to bribery,
conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators. So, that’s somewhere
around 40 people involved in just one scandal and the investigation is still ongoing. More people will,
undoubtedly be charged. The 7th Fleet command structure was, apparently, riddled with criminals. Even
more disturbing than the violations and the number of people fired or charged with crimes is that none of
these people were called out by their peers.
Do you really think that all these hundreds of people were able to conduct their misdeeds in utter secrecy
from those who worked closely with them on a day to day basis with some of the misdeeds covering years?
Of course not! Other people knew that wrongs were being committed and those who knew but said nothing
are just as guilty of a failure of integrity (if not actual crimes!) as the principals.
For the period 2011-2016, we see that there were around 120 firings and another 30+ firings, charges, and
convictions in the Fat Leonard scandal. Those, alone, give us a total of around 150 people who demonstrated
a direct lack of integrity. If we assume, conservatively, that five other people knew about each individual’s
failures but said nothing, we have an additional 750 command level people who also demonstrated ethical
cowardice and a lack of integrity by not speaking up and reporting. That has us approaching a thousand
integrity-challenged command level people who failed themselves, the Navy, and the nation. Note that we’re
not even considering executive officer and below levels – just command levels.
There’s yet another level of integrity failings that we’ve documented in this blog and that is the
commonplace practice of retired admirals taking jobs with the very defense industry companies that they
were supposed to be dealing with during service. At the very least, this represents an egregious conflict of
interest and may well constitute actual bribery, extortion, and payback. Thus, add dozens and dozens of
retired admirals to the list of demonstrably integrity-challenged command level people. While taking such
jobs may not be against the law, it’s certainly a clear case of a lack of integrity and judgment unworthy of flag
officers. Admirals have a pretty nice retirement package so it’s not like they desperately need the money.
Thus far, this post is depressing but the real point has not yet been made. The real point is that the Navy is
clearly systemically integrity-challenged and yet, if we go to war tomorrow, these are the very people who
will be leading us in combat.
Do we really want these kinds of people to be our combat leaders? Do we really think people with no
integrity will lead us to victory?
Even more immediately relevant is the fact that these people are making today’s decisions about
tomorrow’s weapons, systems, and platforms. We’ve repeatedly noted the highly questionable (baffling?)
decisions being made about various acquisition programs that seem to have no other explanation than graft,
corruption, and payback in the form of retirement jobs with defense companies. Are these the people we
want shaping our future Navy?
2016/06/09 US Rear Admiral Pleads Guilty in Fat Leonard Navy Bribery and Fraud Case. By Bill Chappell
Paul Davis on Crime:
2016/05 Three Navy Officers Charged
2016/05 Fat Leonard Man Who Seduced US Navy (Brief)
photo: a photo shows Leonard with Admiral Mike Mullen.
2017/03/17 Radio Australia: Senior Australian sailors investigated over US Navy 'Fat Leonard' sex/bribery scandal. By
http //www reuters com/article/us-usa-navy-corruption-idUSKCN0Z92BZ
RT (Question More)
2017/03/15-16 Navy Officers Fat Leonard
Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz
Excerpt: Born in Cambodia during Vietnam war
San Diego Union Tribune
2016/12/28 Navy repeatedly dismissed evidence 'Fat Leonard' was cheating the 7th Fleet. By Craig Whitlock
Excerpt: The Navy allowed the worst corruption scandal in its history to fester for several years by dismissing
a flood of evidence that the rotund Asian defense contractor was cheating the service out of millions of
dollars and bribing officers with booze, sex and lavish dinners, newly released documents show.
2016/12/02 Simpkins Sentence
Excerpt: When a Navy official asked to take a second look at invoices submitted by contractor “Fat” Leonard
Francis for services his company performed during a ship visit to Hong Kong, the request was quickly
thwarted. The admonishment sent to the official by supervising civilian Navy contract specialist Paul
Simpkins was sharp: “Do not request any invoices from the ship … do not violate this instruction. Contact the
ship and rescind your request.”
2016/10/14 Ex-NCIS agent imprisoned in 'Fat Leonard' Navy fraud scheme. By Kristina Davis
2015/11/14 Timeline of Fat Leonard Scandal. By Greg Moran
2015/05/22 Fat Leonard Bribery - Bail Release Request
2016/12/28 Navy Repeatedly Dismissed Evidence that Fat Leonard Was Cheating the 7th Fleet
[as of 2020/05/08 it looks like this website is no longer active]
USNI US Naval Institute
2019/01/24 Paying price hidden cost Fat Leonard investigation. By Sam LaGrone.
2017/03/18 Navy officers convicted of corruption in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal haven’t lost their pensions. By Craig
Gilbeau is one of seven current or former Navy officers who have pleaded guilty in an epic corruption and
bribery scandal but are still eligible for generous retirement benefits, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.
2016/05/27 The Man Who Seduced the 7th Fleet. By Craig Whitlock
2016/01/21 Epic Navy bribery scandal shows how easy it can be to steal military secret. By Craig Whitlock
Excerpt: Layug: In the scheme of things, Layug was a small fish – a petty officer first class assigned to the
supply corps at a Navy base in Japan….But evidence gathered in Layug’s case exposes the simple and
audacious nature of the bribery racket, including how easy it was for him to pilfer secrets, and how nobody
noticed for years….In 2010, Layug was assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, the command flagship for the Navy’s
7th Fleet, based in Japan. The next year, he was transferred to the Navy’s Fleet Logistics Center in Yokosuka,
Japan, where he helped to provide logistical support to Navy vessels throughout the Pacific.
In those positions, Layug had easy access to two things Glenn Defense Marine dearly wanted: classified
information about Navy ship movements, including which ports they intended to visit; and trade secrets
about what the competition was charging to supply those vessels.
According to federal investigators, it didn’t take much to buy off the sailor. First, a Glenn Defense Marine
executive gave him an unlocked cell phone. Over time, as Layug proved cooperative, the defense contractor
fed his appetite for consumer electronics, bribing him with an iPad 3, a Wii video game console, a Blackberry
phone, a Sony VAIO laptop, and a Nikon D5200 digital camera, documents filed by prosecutors show. They
also indulged his desire for a good time, providing him and his Navy buddies with free luxury hotel rooms
during their visits to ports in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, according
to the documents. Starting in May 2012, Layug also received an “allowance” of $1,000 per month from Glenn
Defense Marine, usually in envelopes of cash, the document show.
In exchange, on at least five occasions, Layug handed over classified information about Navy ship schedules.
To gather the material, the sailor simply entered a secure room aboard the USS Blue Ridge, logged onto a
classified computer terminal and printed out the schedules. All documents in the secure room had to be
printed on pink paper, to signify that the material was classified. But Layug just added a blank cover sheet,
walked off the ship and took the documents home, according to investigators….In contrast, prosecutors
sought a 27-month prison term for Layug, contending that he put national security at risk by selling the
classified ship schedules, which reveal the planned movement of Navy warships up to a year in advance. “As
seems abundantly obvious, in the wrong hands, this information would provide a substantial advantage to
those intent on doing our Sailors, our Navy, and our Nation harm, essentially allowing them to know when
and where to plan an attack,” wrote Pletcher, the federal prosecutor overseeing the case.
2015/07/17 Three US Admirals Censured [Pimpo, Miller, Kraft]. By Craig Whitlock
Excerpt: The incidents occurred nearly a decade ago, while all three officers — Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller,
Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft and Rear Adm. David R. Pimpo — were assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft
carrier strike group… On Friday night, the Navy released a handful of documents that shed new light on the
case but withheld many others. Journalists had sought the public records for the past five months under the
Freedom of Information Act.
2015/01/16 Fat Leonard Sinks the Navy
Excerpt: If the Navy expects to win the next war, it needs to restore confidence in its integrity, especially to its
junior sailors, who see senior officers and admirals getting rich and living the high life, while their own
careers, and often lives, can be ruined over a whiff of scandal regarding drink or women of the kind that
sailors until recently would have termed “the weekend.” Puritanism for the lower ranks and wild (illegal)
partying for the higher ranks is a great way to destroy morale.
The FBI needs to be brought in to figure out what really happened in the Fat Leonard drama, since the NCIS
was itself compromised in the scandal, moreover its track record on high-profile investigations is less than
stellar. There are troubling counterintelligence aspects of the GDMA story that need full and proper
investigation. Additionally, a high-ranking panel must be convened by the Pentagon to produce
recommendations on how to clean up Navy culture, particularly among the senior ranks. No currently serving
admirals should be involved, since they cannot be trusted to be impartial, but there are several retired
admirals of genuine integrity out there who are deeply concerned about the state of the Navy and would be
ideal here; they are in the phone book. The American public deserves believable assurances that the Fat
Leonard scandal will not be repeated, and junior officers and enlisted sailors need to feel confident that there
are not two tiers of expectations and justice in the U.S. Navy. If that is not repaired, and morale in the fleet is
not properly restored, the consequences may be dire indeed, and played out in the Western Pacific sooner
than you think.
Updates: 2021/09/18 excess bold cleared; 2020/05/08 Fat Leonard Case divided into two pages because it had grown too long; important
article added to Signficance/Start Here section: USNI/US Naval Institute-2019/01/24 2020/05/07 Fat Leonard Case transferred from River Gold
to Police Factor; 11/18/2017 Leondro Aragoncillo; 05/14/2017;05/13/2017; 05/12/2017; 05/11/2017; 05/10/2017; 05/09/2017; 05/08/2017; 05/07/2017;
05/06/2017; 05/05/2017; 05/03/2017; 05/02/2017; 05/01/2017
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