Former Navy commander sentenced in Hawaii to prison in ‘Fat Leonard’ case

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A former Navy commander was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for trying to hide his long-term friendship with foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, who treated him to as much as $50,000 in wild karaoke parties, fine dining and prostitutes.

David Michael Kapaun, 58, who was later the civilian deputy chief of staff at Special Operations Command, Pacific in Hawaii, is the latest to be sentenced in the massive Navy bribery scandal involving “Fat Leonard.”

Kapaun sought to update his security clearance in 2015, but his forms made no mention of his relationship with Francis, who had known since 2001 and who had by then been arrested in San Diego in the bribery conspiracy.

Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, based in Singapore, provides services to visiting Navy ships in Southeast Asia such as trash removal, water and security.

Kapaun pleaded guilty in June to making false statements.

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