San Diego federal prosecutors dismissed expenses this week towards a retired Navy admiral who was considered one of 5 officers tried for allegedly accepting bribes from overseas protection contractor Leonard Glenn “Fats Leonard” Francis.
On Wednesday, prosecutors moved to dismiss the case towards Former Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, who went to trial earlier this yr together with 4 fellow officers who had been convicted by a San Diego federal jury.
Jurors, nevertheless, had been unable to succeed in a verdict towards Loveless, who is not going to face a retrial following Wednesday’s dismissal movement.
Prosecutors alleged the defendants, former members of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, took bribes in change for offering Francis with categorized info concerning ship schedules and used their positions within the Navy to affect the actions of ships to ports serviced by Francis’ Singapore-based firm, Glenn Protection Marine Asia. Prosecutors allege GDMA overbilled the Navy by greater than $35 million to offer husbanding companies.
The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace alleged that, in change for steering enterprise towards GDMA, the officers accepted costly meals, fancy lodge lodging and the companies of prostitutes, all on Francis’ dime. Prosecutors stated the lads operated at Francis’ beck and name, referring to him in correspondence as “Admiral,” “Emperor” and “Boss.”
Francis, who pleaded responsible in 2015 and was awaiting a sentencing listening to scheduled for subsequent week, didn’t testify at trial as anticipated and fled from his San Diego house earlier this month whereas beneath home arrest. He stays on the run and authorities have issued a reward of as much as $40,000 for info resulting in his seize.
Greater than two dozen others have additionally pleaded responsible in reference to the case.
The trial resulted in convictions for conspiracy, bribery and different expenses towards former Cmdr. Mario Herrera and former Capts. David Newland, James Dolan and David Lausman, all of whom await sentencing later this yr.
–Metropolis Information Service