Former United States Navy Commander David Kapaun pleaded guilty in Hawaii yesterday (June 6) to lying about his relationship with Leonard G. Francis, the Singapore-based defense contractor at the center of a long-running bribery and fraud scandal.
Appearing before a Hawaii magistrate judge, Kapaun admitted that when he was deputy chief of staff for Special Operations Command Pacific in 2015, he lied on his application for a security clearance by not revealing the gifts he had received Francis, owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which provided services to the Navy, and got confidential logistical information in exchange for lavish and sexual gifts.
Kapaun is the 21st current or former Navy official charged in the bribery investigation. Eleven have pleaded guilty and ten cases are still pending. Five executives of the Singapore company, along with the company itself, have pleaded guilty.