Corrupt Contractor Claims Culpability

We posted awhile ago about a potential scandal involving cash, prostitutes, fancy hotels, and apparently "scores" of Navy personnel, and the man behind it, Leonard Glenn Francis, has plead guilty to the charges of corruption.

As part of his plea deal, Francis must forfeit $35 million in proceeds, and may face up to 25 years in prison. Five Navy officials have pleaded guilty, although Naval prosecutors have made it clear that they will be searching for others. Two admirals, although not charged with a crime, have had their security clearances revoked for their alleged involvement. One of the two is the chief of Naval Intelligence.

Although it is unclear exactly how many different Naval officers were lured by Francis' bribery, it is clear that this corruption scandal is a major blow to the prestige and honor of the US Navy.