Todd South at the Navy Times offers a piece on another person charged in the “Fat Leonard” U.S. Navy bribery and fraud scandal.
A 41-year-old Thai woman was recently extradited and charged with defrauding the U.S. Navy to the tune of $5 million for her alleged role in the infamous “Fat Leonard” bribery case. The scandal has so far seen at least 33 people charged and the ruin of high-ranking officials, and cost taxpayers an estimated $35 million.
Pornpun Settaphakron pleaded not guilty on Monday in federal court in San Diego to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and multiple counts of false claims, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.
Prosecutors allege that Settaphakron turned in $5 million worth of false claims while she managed the Thailand office of the Singapore-based contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia. The judge ordered her detained. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 9.
That defense company was owned and operated by Leonard Glenn Francis, commonly known as “Fat Leonard.”
Francis’ company, GDMA, performed services ranging from docking, refueling and sewage removal in Singapore and throughout the region.
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You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on the Fat Leonard case via the below link: