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Retired Navy commander fined $75k, 18 months in federal prison for bribery and prostitution

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This July 4, 2001, file photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense shows U.S. Navy Commander Dave Kapaun, right, with Republic of Singapore Navy Major Danny Tan, left, and Republic of Singapore Major H .C. Lim at a reception on board the U.S. Navy dock landing ship USS Rushmore during the seventh annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise. Retired U.S. Navy Commander Kapaun, who pleaded guilty to lying about his relationship with a Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” is facing sentencing. (Kevin H. Tierney/U.S. Department of Defense via AP, file)

A retired U.S.  commander in Hawaii was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Monday for his involvement in a massive bribery scandal.

David Kapaun pleaded guilty to lying about his relationship with Malaysia-based defense contractor Leonard Francis, nicknamed Fat Leonard.

Francis had admitted to bribing  officials with cash, prostitutes and other gifts in exchange for information to help his company, Singapore-based Glenn Defense  Asia.

Kapaun admitted to making false statements about his involvement with Francis on a government security clearance form.

“In addition to making false statements in getting a security clearance that he otherwise wouldn’t be entitled to, Mr. Kapaun admitted to other uncharged public corruption conduct over the course of years. Specifically he received things of value from Mr. Francis, meals, hotel stays, elicit items and services totaling up to $50,000,” said federal prosecutor Mark Pletcher.

Kapauns defense attorney, Victor Bakke, said his client also didn’t disclose receiving dinners, hotel stays, and prostitutes from Francis.

“He told the judge today he`s deeply remorseful for his conduct and he brought a lot of heartache and turmoil to the service that he loves, to the family that he loves, friends that he`s loved and people who had respect in him and for him. So he`s sad that he let those people down. But as he told the judge today, he`s determined to make amends with those people,” Bakke said.

Kapaun is one of nearly two dozen  officials charged in the scandal.

Kapaun was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release, pay $75,000 in fines and restitution and perform 200 hours of community service.

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