A top US Navy officer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for providing classified military information to an Asian defense contractor in exchange for luxury hotel stays and prostitutes.
Captain Daniel Dusek, who oversaw operations in the US Pacific Fleet, became the highest-ranking Navy officer to be convicted in one of the US military’s worst bribery scandals. Nine other defendants have so far been charged in the case.
In addition to the 46-month prison sentence, a US judge ordered Dusek to pay $100,000 in fines and restitution for passing ship and submarine schedules to Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a Singapore-based port services company.
“It’s truly unimaginable to the court that someone in your position with the United States Navy would sell out based on what was provided to you,” District Court Judge Janis Sammartino said during the hearing in San Diego.
In a statement in federal court, Dusek, 49, admitted to “succumbing to the temptations before me” by giving military secrets to GDMA as part of a scheme to fleece the US Navy of tens of millions of dollars.
“I have disgraced myself and the Navy that I love and now end my naval career in utter humiliation,” he wrote.
Dusek, who pleaded guilty in January 2015 to conspiracy to commit bribery, also hinted at a broader relationship between the contractor and the US Navy leadership.
In one instance, the former captain arranged for the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier to make a stop at a port terminal in Malaysia, which cost the United States about $1.6 million, officials said.
Contractor Leonard Francis, the man at the center of the case, also pleaded guilty last year, admitting that his company supplied Dusek and other officers with meals, alcohol, luxury hotel stays, prostitutes, and other gifts to ensure US Navy ships stopped at ports where GDMA operated.