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Officers charged in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal heading to court | Navy Times

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Two Navy officers charged in the “Fat Leonard” scandal will face courts-martial hearings Tuesday in separate courtrooms on Naval Base Norfolk, in Virginia.

Capt. John F. Steinberger and Cmdr. Jason W. Starmer are both slated to have their cases heard at a general court-martial, according to the court docket for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

The scandal gets it’s name from a 6′3″ tall and 350-pound Malaysian businessman named Leonard Glenn Francis, also known as “Fat Leonard,” who ran Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singapore-based company that provided resupply and port services to Navy ships in Asia and 7th Fleet. Francis admitted last year to bilking the Navy for $35 million, but has yet to be sentenced.

Steinberger is the most senior officer yet to be charged by the Navy in a military court for alleged misconduct linked to Fat Leonard. He faces charges of conspiracy, violation of a lawful order, conduct unbecoming as well as graft and bribery.

Source: Officers charged in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal heading to court | Navy Times

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