Leonard Glenn Francis, President and CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), was arrested in September 2013, following a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation. He pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in January 2015. GDMA serviced Navy ships for 25 years and allegedly over-billed the U.S. Navy by at least $20 million since 2009. Here is the rub: Not only did “Fat Leonard” defraud the U.S. Government, but he also bribed Navy and Navy-related personnel for their direct illegal support, which included the provision of information and the purposeful routing of Navy ships to ports that were more lucrative for GDMA. To date, prosecutors report that in one way or another—from criminality to poor judgment—as many as 200 officers are, or have been, under investigation.
Charting A Course - The Fat Man Sang . . . But the DOJ and Media Keep Playing
By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)