By Gary McIntyre
There was an old slogan that used to appear on U.S. Navy recruiting posters for nearly a decade: “It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure.”
But it looks like some high-ranking Navy officers were having more “adventure” than Uncle Sam had in mind.
And by the time the smoke clears, dozens of Navy admirals and other senior officers may be facing serious criminal charges.
The Washington Post just reported that more than 60 current and retired admirals are now being investigated in the infamous “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal.
At the center of the scandal is a Singapore-based maritime tycoon Leonard Glenn Francis – also known as “Fat Leonard” and “Leonard the Legend” in Navy circles.
Francis is currently in prison, awaiting sentencing, for overcharging the Navy by millions for services his company provided in foreign ports. He reportedly used classified information given to him by Navy officers to help pad his bills.
And Francis soon may have plenty of company in prison.
In exchange for the classified information he received from Navy officers, Francis allegedly provided Navy top brass with lavish, alcohol-fueled dinners, exotic trips, expensive gifts, and sex parties with prostitutes.
Many of the 60 admirals (and hundreds of other officers) are being investigated for potentially accepting illegal gifts and services.
Worse still, Navy leadership appeared reluctant to sever ties with Francis, even when he was under investigation and it became clear that his enterprise had illegally netted $35 million from U.S. taxpayers.
“Even while he and his firm were being targeted by Navy criminal investigators, he received VIP invitations to ceremonies in Annapolis and Pearl Harbor, where he hobnobbed with four-star admirals,” the Washington Post reported.
The scandal first broke early this year. And a total of 28 people – including Rear Admirals Bruce Loveless and Robert Gilbeau -- have already been charged.
Now, dozens more Navy officers and admirals could be facing criminal charges as well, in what’s already proving to be the largest scandal in Navy history.
It remains to be seen how big the fallout could be… or how many leaders the Navy could lose as a result.
But we’ll continue to monitor the story. Keep reading America Uncensored for updates.