Naval Officer Sentenced in Bribery Scheme

Naval officer sentenced in bribery scheme

After initially being arrested in 2013, a high-ranking naval officer has pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit bribery. The officer in question is Capt. Daniel Dusek, 49, who at the time of his arrest, was the fleet's deputy director of operations.

According to a written apology Dusek wrote for his sentencing hearing, he was introduced to a government contractor named Leonard Glenn Francis by a senior Navy official, who described Francis as 'a great friend of the Navy.' Francis owned Singapore-based company Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), which contracted with the Navy to provide husbandry services to ships stationed in Southeast Asia, including fuel, food, and trash removal.

A short time after meeting Francis, Dusek befriended a retired Navy officer named Edmond Aruffo who had gone to work for Francis. It was through this relationship that Dusek, in his words, ended up "succumbing to the temptations placed before [him]."

Dusek's position in the Navy gave him access to and influence over fleet movements in Southeast Asia. Dusek admitted to providing Francis with classified ship and submarine schedules on numerous occasions. In one notable instance in 2010, Dusek was able to persuade one of his superiors to have an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, dock at a Malaysian port owned and operated by GDMA.

In exchange for Dusek's troubles, Francis would provide complimentary meals, entertainment, luxury hotel stays and the services of prostitutes, a small price to pay for what Francis received in return.

Francis and Aruffo have pleaded guilty and are currently awaiting sentencing for a separate overbilling scheme that resulted in the Navy being overcharged by an estimated $34.8 million. The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln's single stay at the GDMA-owned port in 2010 alone cost the Navy $1.6 million, a significant portion of which, investigators believe, was fraudulently billed. -++

n his sentencing papers, Dusek recounted the circumstances that motivated him to accept bribes in exchange for providing information. His second marriage had just collapsed, he was mourning the passing of his father, and he had become dependent on alcohol to cope with the stress and grief.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino of the San Diego federal court, sentenced Dusek to 3 years and 10 months – two months longer than prosecutors had recommended. She further ordered Dusek to pay a $70,000 fine and $30,000 in restitution.

Dusek is now the third Navy official to be sentenced in the case. Lt. Cmdr. Todd Malaki and Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Layug pleaded guilty to similar conduct, and were sentenced to 3 years and 4 months, and to 2 years and 3 months, respectively.

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