3 Navy Officers Accused in Bribery Scandal to Retire

In February, NBC 7 reported that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus sent career-ending letters of censure to three naval officers for wrongdoing in a widespread bribery scandal.

On Tuesday, Navy Times reported details from those letters received through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Commander of Carrier Strike Group 7 on USS Ronald Reagan Rear Admiral Michael Miller received a letter of censure along with Rear Admiral Terry Kraft, who was commanding officer on the same ship, and Rear Admiral David Pimpo, who once served as supply officer of the aircraft carrier, a Navy statement said.

The three showed "poor judgment and a failure of leadership" by improperly accepting gifts from a "prohibited source" while they were deployed in 2006-2007, the Navy said at the time.

Months later, we learn the officers paid $50 a head for lavish dinners and expensive cigars and got a discount on ship models that cost in the hundreds of dollars.

Leonard Glenn Francis, known as "Fat Leonard," the President and Chief Executive Officer of GDMA, pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery for his role in a widespread scandal that has infiltrated the highest ranks of the U.S. Navy.

Federal prosecutors say Francis obtained classified information that allowed his firm to overbill the Navy at least $20 million for port services such as food, fuel and garbage disposal when they visited his ports in Asia.

Francis and his co-conspirators exchanged luxury travel, prostitutes, lavish meals, top-shelf alcohol, designer handbags, fountain pens, Kobe beef, Spanish suckling pigs and Cuban cigars for ship assignments and other confidential military information.

Navy investigators and attorneys with the Department of Justice have said there are more targets involved in the bribery ring.

Among them are two admirals who have had their access to classified information suspended but who have not been charged.

In November 2013, Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless and Vice Admiral Ted Branch were being investigated for "illegal and improper relations."

Miller, Kraft and Pimpo will not face criminal charges.

After 41 years in the Navy, Miller retires as a vice admiral, Navy Times reported Tuesday. Kraft spent 34 years in the Navy and retires as a two-star admiral and Pimpo retires as a captain at 30 years, according to the report. 

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