SAN DIEGO (AP) — Navy officials say they have suspended a captain because of unspecified allegations in connection with a massive bribery scheme probe.
The Navy said in a statement Thursday that Capt. David Haas has been removed as deputy commander of the San Diego-based Coastal Riverine Group because of the ongoing investigation into the defense contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA. The riverine group oversees port security.
Prosecutors say GDMA's Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Francis, offered prostitutes and other bribes to Navy officers in exchange for ship route information that allowed the Singapore-based firm to overcharge the Navy by millions for fuel, food and other ship services at Asian ports.
Haas has been temporarily assigned to a training group and will retain his rank.
Navy officials declined to comment.