On Tuesday, a federal court indicted nine active and retired U.S. Navy members in what is being called the “Fat Leonard” scandal, which involves high-ranking Navy officers accepting bribes in return for classified information. During what is being described as “a raging multi-day party, with a rotating carousel of prostitutes,” court papers show that some of the officers used historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur during sex acts.
Retired Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless was among the nine individuals accused of partaking in such events. Loveless and the others were charged with accepting first-class travel, lavish dinners and prostitutes from a Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, nicknamed “Fat Leonard” for being overweight, in exchange for classified information. Fat Leonard used the information to help his company: Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
One of the lavish nights in Asia was held at the Manila Hotel in the Philippines in the facility’s MacArthur Suite.
“During the party, historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur were used by the participants in sexual acts,” court papers stated.
The U.S. General lived in the hotel between 1935 and 1941 while he served as a military advisor to the Philippines.
“Francis and others would directly and indirectly, corruptive give, offer, and promise things of value to the defendants, collectively and individually, including meals, travel and hotel expenses, gifts, cash, and the services of prostitutes,” the indictment says.
David Newland, Enrico de Guzman, Donald Hornbeck, James Dolan, David Lausman, Stephen Shedd, Mario Herrera, Robert Gorsuch, and Loveless are the nine that have been indicted in the scandal. The men are also accused of creating fake email addresses to communicate with Fat Leonard. The code names they referred to themselves to as were “the Cool Kids,” “the Band of Brothers,” “the Brotherhood,” “the Wolfpack,” the “familia,” and the “Lion King’s harem.”