SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Navy commander was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme that cost the government about $35 million.
The Friday sentencing of Cmdr. Bobby Pitts, of Chesapeake, Virginia, was the latest in connection with a decade-long scam linked to a Singapore defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" Francis.
Authorities say Francis bribed Navy officials to help him overbill the Navy for fuel, food and other services his company provided to ships docked in Asian ports. The bribes allegedly ranged from cash and prostitutes to Cuban cigars and Spanish suckling pigs.
Authorities say Pitts tried to obstruct a federal investigation while in charge of the Navy's Fleet Industrial Supply Command in Singapore.
He was also ordered to pay $22,500 in fines and restitution.
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