Malaysian businessman pleads guilty in U.S. Navy corruption case

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 15, 2015 7:19 PM

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian businessman accused of bribing high-ranking U.S. Navy officers to steer millions of dollars of contract services to his company, pleaded guilty to corruption charges in federal court in San Diego on Thursday.

Francis, who had earlier said he was innocent, pleaded guilty to charges of bribery and conspiracy in the case, which shook the Navy command structure when the investigation was made public last fall. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Writing by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)