Updated at 4:32 p.m. Jan. 21, 2015
A U.S. Navy petty officer who was based in Japan when he took cash and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor in exchange for classified Navy information was sentenced today in San Diego to 27 months in federal prison.
Daniel Layug, 27, pleaded guilty in May 2014 for his role in the bribery scandal involving Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which for decades provided port services to U.S. Navy ships in the Asia Pacific region.
Layug told U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino that he was willing to accept whatever punishment she handed down. Layug apologized to his family and especially his father, who was also in the military.
“I let my ego and my greed take over me,” Layug told Sammartino.
Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Chief of Navy Supply Corps, told the judge that Layug’s actions represented a “fundamental betrayal of everything we stand for.”
Sammartino told Layug that he breached and violated his position of trust.
“You put the Navy at risk. You put your colleagues at risk. And you put our country at risk,” the judge said. “I think our security and safety were all at risk.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Pletcher said Layug is the first of nine charged defendants to be sentenced in the case. Seven defendants have pleaded guilty and two are awaiting trial.
According to court documents, GDMA owner and CEO “Fat Leonard” Francis and his cousin, GDMA executive Alex Wisidagama, enlisted the clandestine assistance of Navy personnel — including Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez, Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent John Beliveau and Layug — to provide classified ship schedules and other sensitive information about the ongoing criminal investigation.
Layug admitted that he accepted a $1,000-a-month allowance from GDMA, plus luxury hotel stays for himself and others in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
He also admitted asking GDMA for numerous electronic devices, including a iPad 3, Nikon digital camera, Blackberry, VAIO computer, PSP gaming unit and Wii gaming unit.
“In return for a monthly cash allowance, the latest gadgets and luxury accommodations for himself and his friends, the defendant betrayed the country that had given him every opportunity,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.
“Layug essentially sold his honor for an iPad 3, and in doing so he put the U.S. Navy at risk of embarrassment, exploitation, attack or worse,” she said. “Today’s sentence is the first of many that we hope will remind others to resist temptation.”
—City News Service
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