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Ex-Navy officer pleads guilty in bribery scheme

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:43 a.m. HST, Jul 04, 2014

SAN DIEGO >> A retired Navy officer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a worldwide scheme to bilk the Navy out of millions of dollars for port services.

Federal prosecutors say Edmond Aruffo entered the plea Thursday in San Diego. He faces up to five years in prison.

Aruffo retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander in 2007. He became manager of Japan operations for Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singapore-based company that serviced Navy ships and submarines in the Pacific.

Authorities say the company bribed Navy officials to win inflated contracts that cost the Navy more than $20 million.

Authorities say Aruffo and others overcharged the Navy by as much as $2.5 million for Japanese port service.

He's the fourth person to plead guilty. Three others await trial.

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VikkiP wrote:
Myself being a Naval Submarine Veteran, we should discipline him just has he did to the Enlisteds. Take money away from him! (He forfeits his retirement)!
on July 4,2014 | 07:50AM
pcman wrote:
Actually, a retired military person is still a paid military person subject to the UCMJ. Many retired military personnel have lost their rank down to E-1, lost all pay and benefits, required to pay restitution, got a dishonorable discharge and ended up in jail. Working for a foreign country is a no-no, as is cheating the US government. If the company he was working for does not cover his restitution, he may be in for a long time.
on July 4,2014 | 03:49PM
HD36 wrote:
Why is it so easy to bilk the government out of millions?
on July 4,2014 | 09:58AM
cojef wrote:
Collusion! It takes two to tango.
on July 4,2014 | 10:41AM
serious wrote:
How could an 0-4 have that much pull???
on July 4,2014 | 02:33PM
false wrote:
Just a way of life for Southeast Asian personnel, regardless of citizenship.
on July 4,2014 | 03:34PM
whs1966 wrote:
The article does not indicate whether or not this crook must forfeit his ill-gotten gains or if he has agreed to help the government pursue his partners in crime. Poor journalism.
on July 4,2014 | 07:13PM
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