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Fat Leonard case: Stephen Shedd, commander of the US Navy, admits to being bribed with money and prostitutes

A former US Navy commander has pleaded guilty to receiving money and prostitution services from a foreign contractor in exchange for state secrets.

Commander Stephen Shedd, 48, pleaded guilty to two bribery charges in a San Diego court on Wednesday, the LA Times reported.

The crime is part of what is known as the “Fat Leonard” case, named after influential Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, who allegedly bribed senior admirals with prostitution services, Lady gigs Gaga and tickets to watch. The Lion King.

Mr Francis, who founded Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), was arrested in 2013 in California.

Mr Shedd said along with eight other Navy personnel he had ‘received over $250,000 [£186,408] in meals, entertainment, travel and hotel expenses, gifts, cash and services of prostitutes” of GDMA.

The company provided breeding services to ships of the US 7th Fleet for years, according to the Department of Justice.

The fleet is responsible for U.S. Navy ships and subordinate commands operating in the Western Pacific throughout Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australia, Russia, and Indian Ocean territories, as well as ships and personnel from other U.S. Navy fleets that enter the 7th Fleet area. of responsibility.

Mr Francis had pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in 2015 and has remained in jail and house arrest since then. Conviction in his case is awaited.

Mr. Shedd, who was indicted in March 2017 along with the other eight Navy personnel by a federal grand jury, is the third person to plead guilty before trial in the case.

Between 2006 and 2008, Mr. Shedd was responsible for fleet policy and planning in South Asia.

He was responsible for identifying ports that Navy ships would visit.

Mr Shedd admitted that along with other defendants in the case, he had given timetables of naval movements and lobbied on behalf of GDMA with other naval officials, the BBC reported.

The Justice Department said the defendant knew these efforts would result in the service paying for GDMA’s claims.

Prosecutors said that based on information provided by Mr Shedd and others, GDMA was able to win and maintain contracts and overcharge the navy by $35m (£26.1m) for services such as the provision of tugs, security and waste removal to ships in port.

Mr Shedd’s indictment said he was also one of the participants in a “raging $50,000 multi-day party, complete with a rotating carousel of prostitutes, at which the conspirators drank all the Dom Pérignon available at Shangri-La” in Manila, Philippines, in 2008.

“The defendant has admitted that he was one of many whose allegiance was transferred from the Navy to Leonard Francis,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a Justice Department statement Wednesday.

“This abdication of the accused’s duties to the navy and the United States has serious consequences.”

US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Director Omar Lopez said: “Commander Shedd abused his high-level position in the Navy by unlawfully accepting lavish gifts from Mr. Francis in return for providing Mr. Francis of classified ship schedules listing numerous ships, specific ports and visit dates well in advance of ship visits.

A federal court in California is due to sentence Mr. Shedd on July 21.

The trial of the six other naval officials of the 7and fleet is scheduled to begin Feb. 28.

Twenty-eight of 34 Navy officials, defense contractors and GDMA employees pleaded guilty in the case along with two other 7and fleet officers.


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