U.S. Navy commander to serve 40 months for conspiracy

By Marilyn Malara  |  Jan. 30, 2016 at 2:36 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Todd Dale Malaki will serve 40 months in prison for exchanging classified Navy vessel schedules for money, luxury hotel stays and a prostitute.

Malaki, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in April, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino in Southern California.

The naval officer engaged in corrupt practices for more than seven years starting in 2006, an act which Sammartino said was "one of the most serious offenses the court has seen in this tenure in the Southern District of California."

Prosecutors found Malaki engaged in a "corrupt relationship" with Leonard Francis, the former CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which at the time provided services to the Navy. The partnership led to Malaki trading classified ship and submarine schedules and other information about GDMA competitors for exotic trips in Asia, envelopes of cash and other entertainment expenses.

Ten others have been charged in connection to the bribery scheme, with nine pleading guilty, the DOJ said. The GDMA corporation has also pleaded guilty to the offense.

More than 100 others are still under investigation in relation to the scheme and other potential violations, The Pittsburge Post-Gazette noted.

Malaki was also ordered to pay $15,000 in fines as well as a $15,000 restitution to the Navy. He is expected to begin his sentence on May 2.

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