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Former commander of Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Chafee censured in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption case

  • U.S. NAVY / 2009

    Heedong Choi, a former commanding officer of the USS Chafee, was accused of accepting improper gifts from a Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis. Choi, right, explains various shipboard operations to Republic of Korea Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jung Ok-keun, center.

A former commander of the Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Chafee received a scathing censure from the secretary of the Navy accusing him of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in improper gifts from corrupt Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis and demonstrating a “higher loyalty” to Francis than to the United States. Read more

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