ANOTHER SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER ENSNARED IN
"FAT LEONARD" BRIBERY SCANDAL - LATEST USNA
GRAD (1990) TO BE "SUSPENDED" IS CAPT
DAVID HAAS - FORMER XO OF USS BLUE RIDGE
MEMBER OF SEVENTH FLEET STAFF AT
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN - BOULDER, COL. NATIVE
WAS DEP CMDR OF COASTAL RIVERINE GROUP 1

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CAPT DAVID HAASWhen we first started writing about the widening "Fat Leonard" bribery investigation, we expressed the opinion it could end up rivaling "Tailhook" for damaging Navy scandals in modern times.

Some of you readers thought we were engaging in a bit of hyperbole. Where could you possibly have gotten that idea from? LOL!

Well, hang onto your hats. Yet another senior officer has been suspended in a probe that has so far netted two admirals, two captains, two three stripe commanders, and a senior NCIS agent.

The end is not in sight.

"FAT LEONARD" WELL-KNOWN

The man behind the scandal is a heavy-set Malaysian businessman, known throughout the Pacific and South East Asia as "Fat Leonard."

A gregarious and fabulously wealthy figure on the Navy scene, he is alleged to have offered bribes to senior Naval officers which included cash and prostitutes.

The deal worked this way: conspirators would help "steer" Pacific Fleet ships to ports where "Fat Leonard's" shady business practices were winked at. Then the crooked con-man would bill the Navy through his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), for in-port costs and expenses that were vastly inflated. It is estimated this scam cost the U.S. taxpayers several million dollars.

A GOOD NAVY CAREER - UNTIL NOW

CAPT Haas is a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and has served on the staff of the Seventh Fleet at Yokosuka. He is the former skipper of a Navy frigate, and at one time was the XO of the USS Blue Ridge.

The 45 year-old Boulder, Col. native was deputy commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1, Imperial Beach (San Diego), at the time of his relief on November 15.

Haas, a surface-warfare officer, is quite popular with some sailors who've written us. We are told a "climate of fear and foreboding" now hangs over the entire Fleet.

The big question is: "Who's next?"

 

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