SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. Navy captain pleaded guilty to bribery on Wednesday to accepting nearly $68,000 in dinners, hotels, parties and prostitutes from a Malaysian defense contractor, prosecutors said.

Donald Hornbeck, who appeared in federal court in San Diego, admitted that while directing the operations of 7th Fleet combat ships in the Western Pacific, he benefited Leonard Francis by directing the ships to ports for the service by the Singapore-based contractor company. Hornbeck also admitted to sharing confidential Navy information with Francis, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Hornbeck is one of 34 Navy officials and defense contractors, including Francis, charged with a fraud and corruption scheme that, among other things, provided Glenn Defense Marine Asia with classified ship schedules, allowing them to beat their competitors and overcharge services.

Twenty-nine defendants pleaded guilty.

The program cost the Navy some $35 million.

“As dozens of Navy officials celebrated with Leonard Francis, a massive breach of national security was in full swing,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. “Today another participant admitted that he had gone astray, allowing greed to replace honor and duty as the driving force in his life.”

Hornbeck, 61, of Greenfield, Indiana, is expected to be sentenced in September. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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