Kiss that Navy brass goodbye, Capt. Dusek

"Golden asset" gets 46 months in prison

Leonard Glenn Francis (aka "Fat Leonard")
  • Leonard Glenn Francis (aka "Fat Leonard")

United States Navy captain Daniel Dusek, the highest-ranking official charged in the big Navy bribery scandal, was sentenced to 46 months in prison in federal court yesterday (March 25). He was ordered to pay a $70,000 fine and $30,000 in restitution to the Navy.

In January, Dusek pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. He admitted using his influence as deputy director of operations for the 7th Fleet to benefit Leonard Glenn Francis and his Singapore-based company. The company provided port services to military ships, and Dusek helped arrange to steer U.S. Navy ships to the company.

In return, Francis plied Dusek with meals, alcohol, entertainment, gifts, nights at posh hotels and the services of prostitutes.

At one point, Francis wrote, "[Dusek] is a golden asset to drive the big decks [aircraft carriers] into our fat revenue...ports." To date, ten individuals have been charged in connection with the scheme.

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This question may have come up before, but does this naval officer lose his rank, his pension, and all the honors that come with such an elevated rank? For most of us who are taxpayers, that's the "bottom line." In the private sector, anyone in management who was convicted of a crime would lose it all. Too often in "gubmint", they manage to hang on to their fat retirements through all the legal proceedings.

In that he wasn't convicted in a military court, maybe none of this really affects his military retirement and lifetime benefits.

Don, can you clarify?

Did this navy captain lose his retirement benefits and life-long health care? After a conviction of this sort, it is hard to imagine otherwise, but since he was convicted in federal court and not by the navy, who knows? What a disgrace to the service and to his uniform!

Since this was a case in federal court, does it have any effect on his standing as a naval officer? It should! Does he keep his retirement? If so, that would be a gross miscarriage of justice.

Visduh: That is a very good question, and I don't have the answer for it. I would assume he would lose some of his retirement benefits, but it's possible his pension is protected. Best, Don Bauder

The guy is a pig. As I think it was "Im JustABill" says which a douche is obviously more, happens over and over. Is sick and stupid pig trash traitor. And operates on. behalf or belief of another country belief is also unacceptable.

shirleyberan: Yes, "pig" is an apt description. Prosecutors said Dusek was endangering his country. Best, Don Bauder

Mike Murphy: Yes, inbred crookedness suffuses Southeast Asia. It's pretty noticeable in the United States, too. Best, Don Bauder

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