U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau sentenced to 18 months in jail in corruption case

May 19, 2017: U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau, the first active-duty U.S. Navy Admiral ever convicted of a federal crime, has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for lying to investigators about a Malaysian defense contractor at the center of a massive corruption scandal. Gilbeau was sentenced on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in federal court in San Diego after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements. Gilbeau admits that he lied when he told federal agents that he had never received any gifts from Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed "Fat Leonard" because of his wide girth. Francis has admitted to bribing Navy officials with more than $500,000 in cash, prostitutes, and others gifts in exchange for classified information to help his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

Attribution: The Associated Press

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