Navy Captain in ‘Fat Leonard’ Scandal Sentenced

The admirals were admonished, the enlisted sailors were sentenced to prison, an officer was convicted but no one was quite sure what was going to happen to the command officers that had either pled guilty or were going to be found guilty in the ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal. Until now.

Captain Daniel Dusek, former commanding officer of the USS Bonhomme Richard, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in the bribery scandal currently embroiling the Navy. In addition to the nearly four-year sentence, Dusek was also ordered to pay over $100,000 in fines.

District Court Judge Janis Sammartino had this to say during the sentencing, “It’s truly unimaginable to the court that someone in your position with the United States Navy would sell out based on what was provided to you.” Judge Sammartino gave Dusek a stiffer sentence than the prosecution was requesting.

Captain Daniel DusekDusek came forward and admitted to his role in the ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal after Leonard Francis was arrested. He has cooperated with investigators and his attorneys thought that should afford the former Captain some good will with the court.

Judge Sammartino disabused him of that notion and said that Dusek’s involvement, “potentially jeopardized national security.” Good for her.

The ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal is a service-wide disgrace and anyone involved in it should receive the stiffest possible sentences. In my opinion, the flag officers who have already been admonished should face criminal charges. As I have written before, rank may have its privileges, but breaking the law and endangering national security should not be one of them.

Dusek admitted to bribing officials and other sailors to further Francis’ schemes. He also hinted that other, higher-ranking officers were involved in the scandal, as well. No matter what reason Dusek had for taking and offering bribes, for handing over confidential information to a private party to be used for monetary gain and for recruiting others to help, he will now pay for his crime.

“I have disgraced myself and the Navy that I love and now end my naval career in utter humiliation,” Dusek wrote. Yes, Captain, you have. Now, we need to make sure that everyone who is guilty is punished.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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