US Navy captain goes to jail for bribery
US Navy Captain Daniel Dusek has been sentenced to more than three years and eight months in jail for his role in providing classified information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes and luxury gifts, the Department of Justice announced in a statement, Sputnik reported.
"The highest-ranking official charged in a massive Navy bribery scandal was sentenced in federal court today to 46 months in prison for giving classified information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes, luxury travel and other gifts," the statement read on Friday.
In January 2015, 49-year-old Dusek pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery, and admitted he used his influence to help defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) advance its business.
Dusek served then as Deputy Director of Operations for the Seventh Fleet Yokosuka, Japan, and later as executive officer of the US ship Essex as well as commanding officer of the US ship Bonhomme Richard.
The Navy captain admitted that for decades, GDMA had provided port services to US Navy ships in exchange for "meals, alcohol, entertainment, gifts, dozens of nights and incidentals at luxury hotels and the services of prostitutes."
Dusek added that he had given Navy ship schedules to the GDMA office in Japan and even emailed them directly to the company's chairman Leonard Glenn Francis as well as other employees "on dozens of occasions."
According to the Justice Department, Francis had asked Dusek to use his influence to steer the US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and its associated strike group to Port Klang in Malaysia, a port terminal owned by the GDMA chairman.
Dusek said in an e-mail exchange with GDMA that he would "make it happen" and was able to get other officials on board.
The Justice Department noted the port visit cost the United States nearly $1.6 million.
Ten individuals have been charged for their connection to the bribery scheme and nine have pleaded guilty, including Dusek.