Navy Captain Latest to Plead Guilty in Bribery Case

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Pletcher, left, and Robert Huie stand outside the San Diego federal courthouse in January 2015, discussing the "Fat Leonard" case involving U.S. Navy officials. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Pletcher, left, and Robert Huie stand outside the San Diego federal courthouse in January 2015, discussing the "Fat Leonard" case involving U.S. Navy officials. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO -- A U.S. Navy captain has admitted accepting bribes in the form of lavish hotel rooms and prostitutes from a Malaysian businessman nicknamed "Fat Leonard," joining nearly two dozen current and former Navy officials who have been charged in what is being called the service branch's biggest corruption case.

Capt. Jesus Vasquez Cantu, of Silverdale, Washington, entered his guilty plea Friday in federal court in San Diego.

Cantu says Leonard Glenn Francis paid for prostitutes, hotels, and drinks at karaoke bars in exchange for proprietary Navy information that benefited Francis' Singapore-based firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. The company supplied fuel and other supplies to ships in the Pacific.

So far, 28 people have been charged in the case, including 21 current and former Navy officials.

Francis is awaiting sentencing.

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