(Tribune News Service) – A former U.S. Navy director has been convicted for his role in a bribery conspiracy and lying to federal officials, authorities say.
According to a Department of Justice press release.
Monroy conspired with a civilian captain of a Navy ship and a business owner to direct business to DK Marine, a company that provided services to the US Navy, prosecutors allege. The program focused on when the Navy ship was scheduled to make a port visit to Chinhae, South Korea, in late 2013.
In return for “guiding” Navy business to DK Marine during the visit, Monroy received bribes from a co-conspirator, including cash, personal travel expenses, meals, alcoholic beverages and prostitution services, according to the statement.
Investigators accuse DK Marine owner Sun Yol Kim of paying for “‘bedroom saloons,’ where the services of prostitutes could be hired,” for Monroy at least 10 times, according to Military.com.
“They have no evidence of this other than Mr. Kim’s words,” Monroy’s attorney, Peter Brill, told Military.com to oppose the charges. “There is no documentation on this; the closest they could get was to look at all of his bank account activity and say we can’t identify where certain funds came from, so it must be illegal.
Monroy is also accused of sharing “confidential and other inside US Navy information” with a co-conspirator as part of the scheme, investigators said.
When agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and Navy Criminal Investigative Service began investigating, Monroy repeatedly lied during a 2019 interview, prosecutors say.
Monroy is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18 and faces up to 15 years in prison, according to the Justice Department.
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