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Retired US Navy officer admits guilt in bribery scandal involving ships in Asia

Published on Jul 4, 2014 10:30 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A retired US Navy officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to overcharging his former employers by up to US$2.5 million (S$3.12 million), the latest admission in a bribery scandal involving ships in Asia and the Pacific.

Edmond Aruffo, who had a military career spanning over 20 years, left the Navy in 2007 and was hired two years later by Singapore-based contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which is at the centre of the widening scandal.

He used his position and contacts to submit fake or inflated invoices for port services for US Navy ships in Japanese ports, with GDMA winning substantial kickbacks as a result.

In February 2010, Aruffo arranged for port services for the USS Blue Ridge in Otaru, Japan. The Navy was billed US$432,476.14, more than twice the normal amount, while GDMA got a kickback of over $200,000.

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