By CNN Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy
The Navy has reassigned the second in command of a unit that protects ships and harbors as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into alleged bribery by a defense contractor.
Capt. David Haas has been suspended as deputy commander of Coastal Riverine Group One while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) probes activities of Glenn Defense Marine Co., and its chairman, Leonard Glenn Francis, according to a Navy statement released Thursday. Francis is known by the nickname “Fat Leonard."
Haas is the sixth Navy officer, including two admirals, caught up in the growing scandal. Three officers have been arrested. The admirals and Haas have not been charged.
Glenn Marine provides security, supplies and other services to U.S. Navy ships at various ports around the world. It is alleged some of the Navy officials directed ships to ports where Glenn Marine did business after Francis bribed the officers with cash, tickets to concerts like a Lady Gaga show, and even prostitutes.
Francis also is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in the case.
The Coastal Riverine Group conducts port and harbor security, high-value asset protection, offensive combat operations and maritime security operations in rivers, harbors and coastal waterways.