U.S.Navy commander Mario Herrera was charged in a complaint unsealed today (February 16) with accepting romps with prostitutes, luxury travel, and elaborate dinners featuring $1800 steaks from foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis — aka Fat Leonard.
Herrera is the 12th Navy official to be charged in the ongoing scandal. According to court documents, Herrera received the bribes in return for sending Navy ship schedules and other proprietary information to Francis.
The Navy officials who accepted the bribes called themselves the "Band of Brothers" and the "Wolf Pack." Commander Jose Luis Sanchez, who was among the first officers charged, often was a conduit for information sent by Herrera.
In an email, Sanchez asked Francis to send pictures of prostitutes, saying, "the brothers are ready to indulge," according to court documents.
The complaint also charges that Herrera made recommendations to the Navy to make sure ships landed in ports lucrative to Francis.