Ex-Navy officer faces bribery, fraud charges in scandal

HONOLULU — A retired Navy captain who lives in Hawaii was indicted on federal charges that he received at least $145,000 in bribes from a foreign defense contractor.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports David Haas, a resident of Kailua, is the latest former or current Navy official with Hawaii ties to be caught up in a wide-ranging bribery and fraud scandal.

Contractor Leonard Francis pleaded guilty in 2015 to bribery and fraud charges over a decade-long conspiracy involving his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which provided ship services to the Navy in southeast Asia.

The indictment says Haas used his influence to steer ships to Glenn Defense-controlled ports and otherwise advance Francis’ interests.

Haas now is a FEMA coordinating officer in Hawaii.

FEMA spokeswoman Brandi Richard says the agency is aware of the indictment against Haas, “however … we cannot comment further at this time.”

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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