US Navy admiral sentenced to 18 months in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal


Third world bribery proved too much for an American admiral when Asian prostitutes were dangled in front of him.

Excerpt from Navy Times

SAN DIEGO — Over two decades, Robert Gilbeau rose through the ranks to Navy admiral and earned a chest-full of honors for his service, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During that period he also partied across Southeast Asia with a gregarious Malaysian businessman who paid for lavish dinners, drinks at karaoke bars and prostitutes.

That businessman, known as “Fat Leonard,” is the centerpiece of a massive bribery scandal involving Navy officers, and Gilbeau last year pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about their relationship. He was the first active-duty admiral convicted of a federal crime and on Wednesday he learned his penalty: 18 months in jail.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson called it a “somber day.”

“When tempted by parties and prostitutes, one of our most respected leaders chose karaoke over character, and cover-up over confession,” she said. “In doing so he forever tarnished the reputation of a revered institution.”

Gilbeau acknowledged his wrongdoing in federal court in San Diego.


He told the judge he is “deeply sorry” and cannot explain his actions. He stood in court with his fluffy white dog, which accompanies him as part of his treatment for post-traumatic stress. Gilbeau’s defense had argued that his PTSD and a traumatic brain injury from a blast in Iraq should be taken into account, though prosecutors said he was exaggerating his condition because he knew he was going to get caught.

“I never wanted to end my career this way,” said the 56-year-old Navy veteran, who earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Iraq in 2007. “I’m still proud of my career and to be an American.”

Gilbeau wrote in a letter to the judge that “I have no one to blame but myself.”

He wrote that while his PTSD is not an excuse, it gave him a desire to “make self-destructive decisions.”

Gilbeau was convicted in June after admitting that he lied when he told federal agents that he had never received any gifts from Leonard Glenn Francis. The Navy allowed him to retire in October but reduced his rank from rear admiral to captain.

Nicknamed “Fat Leonard” because of his wide girth, Francis has admitted to bribing Navy officials with more than $500,000 in cash, prostitutes, and other gifts in exchange for classified information to help his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He is awaiting sentencing.

Francis and his company that supplies food and fuel to ships overbilled the Navy by more than $34 million, prosecutors said.


It looks like Gilbeau got very little in return for whatever classified information he supplied to Fat Leonard. The half mil in bribes were spread out over several Navy officials. Gilbeau caught a break when he was allowed to retire. He’ll still get a fat Captain’s pension, which depending on years of service, can be up to $8,000 a month.

4 thoughts on “US Navy admiral sentenced to 18 months in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal

  1. Half a million in bribes is chicken feed.

    The USA has wasted up to six trillion dollars in infidel wars this century. I suggest the bribery amounts here would be in the tens of billions, minimum, and the overcharging more than one trillion dollars – which is 30,000 times bigger than this Malaysian sardine. . As usual the small fish get caught and jailed while the big fish get promoted to the top jobs running the USA.

    An admiral needs a fluffy white support dog in court and maybe in his jail cell also? USA courts actually allow this bullshit to take place? Even Gilbert and Sullivan could never have invented this wacky idea. The USA is becoming the laughing stock of the world and the US military must be looking more and more like easy beats to any lean and hungry man type enemy.

    Only seeing eye dogs for the blind should be allowed inside a courtroom anywhere, and only if accompanied by a blind person. Paladin why not register your pit bull as your support dog due to PTSD caused by being fired as a Prof? That would be handy in court, police stations and other places, you will get a lot of respect.
    Will cat women be allowed to take their cats with them in to court?

    ” [HMS Pinafore]

    [Capo 3]

    When I was a lad I served a term
    As office boy to an attorney’s firm
    I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor
    And I polished up the handle of the big front door
    He polished up the handle of the big front door
    I polished up that handle so carefully
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy
    He polished up that handle so carefully
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy.”

    • I was wondering if he would be allowed the fluffy little girly dog to stay with him in prison. It is really ridiculous and I love dogs.

      As I read the story, this ex-admiral is the first admiral to ever go to jail. Note that he’s imprisoned for lying, not for taking bribes. I’m not sure what that means or how it happened that way. I suppose a plea bargain was entered.

  2. Jesus, take your medicine like a man. Forget the fluffy dog, “Oh, I have PTSD” nonsense. It just makes you look pathetic. BTW, that “Malaysian” businessman is not a true Malay. We had lots of them working as laborers in Iraq, and they are small-statured, skinny brown guys who look like dot-head Indians. I am going to venture that Fat Leonard has some Hebrew in him.

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