Ex-US admiral jailed in bribery case
WASHINGTON • A former US admiral has been sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison for his role in a sprawling bribery scandal dubbed the "Fat Leonard" case, becoming the highest-ranking US Navy officer to be convicted in the probe.
Prosecutors said retired rear- admiral Robert Gilbeau, 56, had lied to investigators to conceal his "illicit" 20-year relationship with Singapore-based, Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, or "Fat Leonard", who ran the port services firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
Top Aussie tax official linked to fraud case
SYDNEY • One of Australia's top anti-fraud tax officials faces charges after his son and eight others were arrested in raids that netted cash, luxury cars, two small planes, guns and vintage wine in a A$165 million (S$170.7 million) tax evasion case.
Police said yesterday that Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston was an unwitting participant in fraud after he accessed tax office systems at the request of his 30-year-old son, Adam.