EX-OFFICER ADMITS GUILT IN US BRIBERY

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LOS ANGELES: A retired US Navy officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to overcharging his former employers by up to $2.5 million, the latest admission in a bribery scandal involving ships in Asia and the Pacific. Edmond Aruffo, who had a military career spanning over 20 years, left the Navy in 2007 and was hired two years later by Singapore-based contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), which is at the center of the widening scandal. He used his position and contacts to submit fake or inflated invoices for port services for US Navy ships in Japanese ports, with GDMA winning substantial kickbacks as a result. “Edmond Aruffo instead put self before country when he stole from the US Navy as part of a massive fraud and bribery scheme that cost the US Navy more than $20 million,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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