"Rotating Carousel Of Prostitutes" For Defense Contracts; 9 Navy Officers Charged In Bribery Scandal

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The ironically named Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless (so many potential one-liners here but we'll let you create your own), along with 8 other senior Navy officials, including four retired captains and a retired marine colonel, have been arrested today in the so-called 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal and charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators. 

According to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed today, the Navy officers worked together to help Singapore-based defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis (a.k.a. "Fat Leonard") and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), pull off a 'colossal fraud' that cost the Navy – and ultimately U.S. taxpayers – tens of millions of dollars.

The indictment alleges that, among other things, 'Fat Leonard' and his associates repeatedly bribed Navy officials with "meals, entertainment, travel and hotel expenses, gifts, cash, and the services of prostitutes." Per RT:

The indictment also alleges that Francis frequently sponsored sex parties for many officers assigned to the ‘USS Blue Ridge’ and other warships.


The indictment mentions two port visits by the ‘Blue Ridge’ to Manila, the Philippines. During one, in February 2007, 'Fat Leonard' "paid for a lavish party and the services of prostitutes," during which "historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur were used by the participants in sexual acts."


Another port visit to Manila in May 2008, saw Francis host "a raging multi-day party, with a rotating carousel of prostitutes" at the Shangri-La Hotel. The navy officers allegedly drank all the Dom Pérignon champagne the hotel had, and the room and alcohol charges stacked up to $50,000 – all of which was apparently covered in full by Francis.

In addition to the sex parties, the DOJ's press release highlights lavish dinners complete with all sorts of fancy food, $2,000 bottles of Cognac and expensive Cuban cigars.

During the U.S.S. Blue Ridge’s port visit to Sydney Australia on June 17, 2007, Francis hosted and paid for a dinner event at the Altitude Restaurant within the Shangri-La Hotel. Some of the defendants dined on saute of scallops, foie gras, and beef loin for a cost of $11,898. During dinner, defendant Gorsuch handed Francis two floppy disks containing classified port visit information for many U.S. Navy ships, according to the indictment.


During one port visit in Singapore on March 9, 2006, Francis seduced the leaders of the Seventh Fleet with foie gras terrine, duck leg confit, ox-tail soup, roasted Chilean sea bass, paired with expensive wine and champagne, followed by digestifs and cigars. The extravagance included $600-a-bottle Hennessy Private Reserve, $2,000-a-bottle Paradis Extra and $2,000-a-box Cohiba Cigars.

Fat Leonard


Federal prosecutors say that in exchange, the charged officials provided 'Fat Leonard' with classified or inside information that allowed GDMA to extort nearly $35 million from the U.S. Navy. The leaked data includes ship movements and confidential contract information.  In some cases, commanders steered ships to ports where GDMA could charge fake tariffs and fees, according to prosecutors cited by AP.

According to the indictment, the group of officers referred to themselves using various terms, such as “the Cool Kids,” “the Band of Brothers,” “the Brotherhood,” “the Wolfpack,” “the familia,” and “the Lion King’s Harem.” The officers tried to conceal their corrupt relationships by using fictitious names to create email addresses using foreign-based email services.

This is a fleecing and betrayal of the United States Navy in epic proportions, and it was allegedly carried out by the Navy’s highest-ranking officers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson. “The alleged conduct amounts to a staggering degree of corruption by the most prominent leaders of the Seventh Fleet – the largest fleet in the U.S. Navy - actively worked together as a team to trade secrets for sex, serving the interests of a greedy foreign defense contractor, and not those of their own country.”

“The defendants in this indictment were entrusted with the honor and responsibility of administering the operations of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, which is tasked with protecting our nation by guarding an area of responsibility that spanned from Russia to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco. “With this honor and awesome responsibility came a duty to make decisions based on the best interests of the Navy and the 40,000 Sailors and Marines under their care who put their lives at risk every day to keep us secure and free. Unfortunately, however, these defendants are alleged to have sold their honor and responsibility in exchange for personal enrichment.”

Navy officials have said that about 30 admirals are currently under investigation, though only a handful have been named publicly.

The scandal is one of the worst corruption cases in US Navy history and has plagued the military since "Fat Leonard" was arrested in 2013, after an international sting operation lured him from Singapore to San Diego. 

In other news, Navy enlistments soared today...

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1980XLS's picture

Who doesn;t like Hookers & Blow?

Why is this news?

nope-1004's picture

Cuz it's infringing on Fat Tony's domain.

cossack55's picture

Better they work for Fat Tony than Crazy Johnnie (McCain)

NoDebt's picture

When I was a a government contractor we used to let them kill the prostitutes after they fucked them.... you know, if they were into that sort of thing.


TeamDepends's picture

In the Navy
Where you can find pleasure
Search the world for treasure
Learn science, technology
Where you can begin
To make all your dreams come true
-The Village People

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Close call but have to down vote you for knowing Village People lyrics.

erkme73's picture

Wait... This shit can happen, but pizzagate is an impossible conspiracy theory?  Someone didn't pay the required blackmail fees...

Mr. Universe's picture

As mentioned, tip of the iceberg and another reason we are doomed as a nation of laws. We are now a nation of everybody else does it so what difference does it make? Ethics are situational depending on what the parties involved believe. It's no longer a matter of right or wrong, but whose side are you on?

Darling, down and down I go, round and round I go
In a spin, loving the spin that I'm in
Under that old black magic called .gov

philipat's picture

"A fish rots from the head"

WIth a totally corrupt and broken US political system with endemic corruption at the top, it should not come as any surprise that the minions decide to go for a piece of the action?

beemasters's picture

Let's wait for the incriminating videos to surface. I wouldn't be surprised if there were underage prostitutes involved.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) beemasters Mar 15, 2017 8:16 PM

Surprise? Nothing should surprise us with these sexual deviants everywhere.


lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) kavlar Mar 15, 2017 8:17 PM

Too much talmudic porn.

stizazz's picture

That's part of their plan to destroy Christian civilization.

Food Loaf Junkie's picture

So many "JUST THE TIP" lines come to mind.

stormsailor's picture

...just the tip

...i promise not to do it in your mouth.

...i love you

illuminatus's picture

You forgot the check's in the mail.

max2205's picture

At 1st I thought you were talking about wall st but they can spend 10 x these amateurs 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Speaking of which, this fraud cost taxpayers Millions with an M, according to the article. The banksters stole Billions or even Trillions leading up to and during 2007/2008. Unfortunately for the navy guys, they are not too big to jail.

stormsailor's picture

see ucmj is different, they go to the brig.

Crush the cube's picture

UCMJ is selective when it comes to these ranks, nothing uniform or fair about it, never has been.  I've seen military police blotters disappeared when officers or their kin get caught doing illegal things, and that was back in the 80's.  It's not justice, it's just us.  These guys ain't going no where, unless the new executive figures out he can re do the Navy, just like they used tailhook to build theirs.

nmewn's picture

Not to down play what they did (their retirement pensions should be stripped from them and thrown in the brig, not "allowed to retire") they put peoples lives in danger by having basically "Fat Leonard" tell them where to dock battle groups.

Its deeper than simple graft & corruption.

PacOps's picture

Yep and the investigation started back in 2010.




These guys knew this day was coming for years.

Offthebeach's picture

The Captain had a cabin boy,

A dirty little nipper.

He lined his ass

With a piece of glass

And circumcised the Skipper.

SixIsNinE's picture

hey, you start thowing down the limericks rhymes,


we've got a King of 'em here and we're 2 days to St. Pattys so you better watch out -


Limerick King to the rescue!~



rich1657's picture

"Good Ship Venus" AKA "Friggin' in the Riggin'".  Did everyone catch the Muppets Video to Sex Pistols/Steve Jones version?  Nicely Done: 



Frito's picture

Rum, Lashings and Buggery


Not necessarily in that order

SAE6065's picture

Excellent my man. Excellent


They are talking like this was a bad thing. Whooptie doo. 

What about the theft of trillions in Iraq, the missing Pentagon audit money, or the fucking TARP program that gave fucking trillions away to the TBTF banks ?

These - are the real crooks.

Instead of chasing the twerps on the street with a half smoked joint, they oughta be killing it putting the hammer to the cartels doing the tonnage importing.

Those fucks - the ones who stole trillions need to be held accountable.

Having them shot, pissed on, rolled in flour, and deep fried is too good for them.  

stacking12321's picture

when you start off an organization with a rotten moral foundation, such as whoring yourself out as a hired thug and killer, you shouldn't exactly expect to have the paradigm of honor and integrity working there.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


When was the last time the volunteer killers in the US Navy and US Marines actually DEFENDED the USA?

World War 2, correct? 

From zee Nazi U-Boats?


PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Nope, the Germans were defending themselves from our smuggling supplies to their enemy, the British, despite our official policy of neutrality. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture


That's right, now I remember reading about that in The Creature from Jekyll Island, 5th Edition


foie gras terrine, duck leg confit, ox-tail soup, roasted Chilean sea bass, paired with expensive wine and champagne, followed by digestifs and cigars. The extravagance included $600-a-bottle Hennessy Private Reserve, $2,000-a-bottle Paradis Extra and $2,000-a-box Cohiba Cigars.

I see what these government employees have been receiving, along with exotic global travel, and valuable survival training. 

What have we, the taxpayers, been getting for our $160,000,000,000 that we pay the US Navy and USMC every year?

Someone please explain to me how this is not just a huge jobs program for our lower-performing young people that are willing to kill for money, and a racket for the MIC?

Where are all the Veterans Today bloggers? 

Support our troops?  Rather than taxes, I'd rather keep my earnings and invest them in something productive with a return, like my business, so that the government, my neighbors, and my children don't need to support me in my old age.


Come on Cowdidly and Silvergeddon! 

You two can click the down vote, but you cannot type a rebuttal? 

kommissar's picture

it's all well and good that you sit there in ur comfy chair with all your wisdom and condecension belittling the military.  if you actually knew these people, you would understand that they really don't HAVE any understanding of what's going on in the world.  

i served under reagan.  that was valid and just.  reagan applied us to end the cold war.  i'm sure there were abuses, but not like the kind we see now.  

were i now a 20 year old, i would hope i would have the wisdom to NOT serve, but i probably would not.  from my family upbringing, i would probably consider it a priveledge to serve as i did then.  that is NOT their fault!  most people do not have the understanding of what's going on right now to know what's really happening.  the hildebeast was nearly elected president, for fucks sakes!!

until enough folks take the red pill, we're fucked.  i suggest you take a higher view.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


i would hope i would have the wisdom to NOT serve, but i probably would not.

Hope in one hole and throw dead American boys in another hole, then tell me which one fills up faster.

...most people do not have the understanding of what's going on right now to know what's really happening.

Consider that this is exactly  what I am working to address.

 i suggest you take a higher view.

I suggest you come down here and help me wake people.

BrutusTheBomber's picture

So many down votes....

I thought that was pretty funny, but I'm a very sick individual.

stormsailor's picture

i thought it funny too.  but they were not in washington where that is the custom.

Croesus's picture

I hope these assholes lose everything. They give good sailors (& military personnel in general) a bad name.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

This is truly sad day for the republic and for all those who have faithfully served their country.

Unfortunately, when we have corruption at the top, SHIT JUST ROLLS DOWN HILL.

thestarl's picture

Probably only the tip of the iceberg 

stacking12321's picture

no such thing as good military personnel.

a standing army is a direct threat to freedom of the citizenry.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

No kidding.  Rear Admirals are someone Bishops can point to and say "see, I'm not so bad"

dogballs's picture

Yawn. Just another government frat party.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Well, at least they didn't order any Pizza. 

BorisTheBlade's picture

Who the hell needs pizza if hot Mongolian ribs are on the menu:

A107. On or about May 7, 2008, HORNBECK emailed Francis to say thank you for a fantastic dinner last night. Also really enjoyed My new Mongolian Friend, a reference to a prostitute, to which Francis responded: "Hot Mongolian Barbeque Ribs!"

Canary Paint's picture

Hadn't got around to newsworthiness... Was trying to figure out what a rotating carousel of prostitutes is and how it would be used...

serotonindumptruck's picture

"Who doesn;t like Hookers & Blow?"

The guys who get caught doing it on the company dime?

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) 1980XLS Mar 15, 2017 8:33 PM

The question the media will not ask?

Why do we have foreign defense contractors?

Crush the cube's picture

Because the food, fuel, and ass wipe these ships take on has to come from somewhere.

aloha_snakbar's picture
"Rotating Carousel Of Prostitutes"

The perfect accessory for every kitchen... like a Lazy Susan...but a Lazy Slut....