Former U.S. Navy Captain Pleads Guilty and Former Master Chief Petty Officer Sentenced in Sweeping U.S. Navy Corruption and Fraud Probe
SAN DIEGO – Former U.S. Navy Captain Jeffrey Breslau pleaded guilty to criminal conflict of interest charges and former U.S. Navy Master Chief Ricarte Icmat David was sentenced on corruption charges to 17 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release and $30,000 in restitution. Both appeared before Judge Janis Sammartino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Breslau and David are among the latest U.S. Navy officials to plead guilty and be sentenced in the expansive corruption and fraud investigation involving foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis and his Singapore-based ship husbanding company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA).
Breslau, 52, of Cumming, Georgia was charged in September 2018 and pleaded guilty today to one count of criminal conflict of interest, admitting that while he was still employed by the U.S. Navy, he was paid over $60,000 by Francis in return for providing Francis with public relations consulting services. Francis pleaded guilty in 2015 to bribery and fraud charges, admitting that he presided over a massive, decade-long conspiracy involving “scores” of U.S. Navy officials, tens of millions of dollars in fraud and millions of dollars in bribes and lavish gifts, including luxury travel, airline upgrades, five-star hotel accommodations, top-shelf alcohol, the services of prostitutes, Cuban cigars, Kobe beef, and Spanish suckling pigs.
According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, from October 2009 until July 2012, Breslau was a Captain in the U.S. Navy assigned as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, headquartered in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As part of his duties, Breslau was involved in devising the U.S. Navy’s public affairs communications strategy, and provided public affairs guidance to Pacific Fleet components and other U.S. Navy commands. From August 2012 until July 2014, Breslau was assigned to the Commanding Officer for the Joint Public Affairs Support Element in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was responsible for leading joint crisis communications teams.
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