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4th US Navy official charged in bribery investigation

Published on Apr 18, 2014 2:22 PM

SAN DIEGO (REUTERS) - The fourth US Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defence contractor made his first court appearance, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays.

Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday. Tokyo-based Layug was arrested on Wednesday in San Diego, where he later appeared before a federal judge.

He is accused of accepting payments of US$1,000 a month (S$1,250), plus expensive electronic gadgets and luxury hotel stays, in exchange for information he provided on Navy ships' schedules to Glenn Defense Marine Asia, the company at the center of the scandal.

The company's CEO, native Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, is charged with plying Navy officials with cash, concert tickets, prostitutes and other gifts to win business.

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