Navy hired retired officer despite ‘Fat Leonard’ misconduct investigation

Navy senior enlisted and officer covers dot a table during a reception in the hangar of the carrier Ronald Reagan during a Singapore port call in 2008. That port call was the site of "Fat Leonard" related misconduct by the group’s chief of staff, now-retired Capt. Timothy Conroy, according to a Navy Secretary letter of censure against Conroy. (U.S. Navy photo) Earlier this month, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer sent a scathing letter of censure to retired Capt. Timothy Conroy, calling him to task for sleeping with prostitutes and accepting improper gifts as part of the sprawling “Fat Leonard” scandal, a bacchanal of West Pacific bribery, kickbacks and corruption that has ensnared scores of Navy officials.

“You failed these officers, you failed your command, and you failed the Department of the Navy,” Spencer wrote in the June 14 letter.

As investigators scrutinized Conroy’s role in the “Fat Leonard” scandal back in 2016, another sector of the service was offering him a new civilian job, according to Navy records and officials.

Investigators interviewed Conroy for at least the second time in January 2016, according to the letter of censure.

A few months after that, the Navy hired him in April 2016 as a technical specialist doing Joint Strike Fighter-related work, according to Navy spokesman Cmdr. William Speaks.

It remains unclear whether the Navy had substantiated the allegations against Conroy when he was offered the new job, or whether the service factored in the “Fat Leonard” allegations against Conroy before hiring him for the civilian job.

Speaks did not respond to questions by Navy Times’ deadline regarding Conroy’s hiring and where it fell in connection to the investigation.

“It is clear that you did not care about the reputation of the Navy or the example you were setting for subordinate officers,” the letter states.

During an October 2008 port call in Singapore, Spencer’s letter said, Conroy and a subordinate junior officer “liberty buddy” took two prostitutes back to Conroy’s suite, where he “engaged in sexual activity” with one of the women.

Francis pleaded guilty in federal court in 2015 to bribery and fraud charges in connection to a conspiracy that spanned more than a decade and involved scores of Navy officials, and millions of dollars in fraud, bribes and gifts, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Francis plied Navy officials with gifts and perks and received classified and confidential information regarding ship schedules. At the same time, Francis’s company was also overbilling the Navy for goods and services and receiving preferential treatment in the contracting process, according to the department.

After the dinner, Conroy rode in a “private Hummer” to a night club party with other officers that featured food, booze and “the services of women identified as prostitutes,” all paid for by Francis and his company, the letter states.

During the interview, Conroy said the legal officals told him to avoid insulting foreign hosts, “and that as long as Mr. Francis was not giving you a physical gift, you could accept consumables such as food, alcohol and cigars, regardless of the amount,” the […]

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