SAN DIEGO (AP) — The latest on Navy officials accused of taking bribes in exchange for classified shipping schedules and other information (all times local):
The first of nine defendants in a massive U.S. Navy bribery case has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for providing classified information to a Malaysian defense contractor.
Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Layug told a San Diego federal court Thursday that he made a mistake and let his ego and greed lead him to betray his country.
U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino said in handing down the sentence that Layug put the United States at risk.
Prosecutors asked for the 27-month term, saying Layug was the least culpable in the case but that his sentencing would set the bar in the case. He faced five years.
Layug is among seven defendants including military officers who have pleaded guilty. Two others have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say a sailor who provided a Malaysian defense contractor classified shipping schedules in exchange for more than $10,000 in cash, a digital camera, hotel stays and other gifts will be sentenced in one of the Navy's worst corruption cases.
Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Layug is scheduled to appear Thursday in federal court in San Diego. He has pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Layug has admitted he gave information to Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA.
GDMA President Leonard Glenn Francis has pleaded guilty to bribing sailors and officers. Prosecutors say he used the contacts to bilk the Navy out of some $20 million.
Numerous other current and former Navy officials have been charged in the case.