Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Virginian-Pilot reports, Navy commander from Chesapeake sentenced to 18 months for his role in "Fat Leonard" scandal

A U.S. Navy commander was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme that cost the government about $35 million.
Cmdr. Bobby Pitts, 48, of Chesapeake, was the latest person to be sentenced in connection with a decade-long scam linked to a Singapore defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" Francis.
Francis bribed Navy officials to help him overbill the Navy for fuel, food and other services his company provided to ships docked in Asian ports, according to prosecutors. The bribes allegedly ranged from cash and prostitutes to Cuban cigars and Spanish suckling pigs.
Pitts pleaded guilty in 2015 to charges that alleged he tried to obstruct a federal investigation while in charge of the Navy's Fleet Industrial Supply Command in Singapore.
In handing down the sentence against Pitts, U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino told him that he had "betrayed the Navy and betrayed the country," prosecutors said in a news release.
"Pitts deliberately and methodically undermined government operations and in doing so, diverted his allegiance from his country and colleagues to a foreign defense contractor, and for that, he is paying a high price," said Adam Braverman, the U.S. Attorney in San Diego.
In addition to his prison sentence, Pitts was also ordered to pay $22,500 in fines and restitution.
Food for thought: When you closely examine the biographies of the SENIOR ADMIRALS implicated in this fraud scandal, whose career trajectory date back for decades, with back and forth assignments to the Pacific Fleet, then you will begin to unravel the money trail!!
Bobby was simply "cooperating," and I learned the hard way when you agree to cooperate with "investigators," the evidence will always be used against you!!
Prayers to Bobby and his family, and I pray that the Department of Justice holds the more senior Admirals accountable for their crimes against the government and obstruction of justice, along with a laundry list of other criminal activity!! 

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