A villager convicted this week in a Navy bribery scandal vigorously fought prostitution allegations during the explosive 12-week trial in San Diego.
David Lausman of the Village of Bridgeport at Lake Sumter faces up to 20 years in prison following a jury verdict finding him and three fellow officers guilty.
Prosecutors had tried to link Lausman to a prostitute in an incident at the Makati Shangri-La hotel in Manila, Philippines. However, a private investigator hired by Lausman’s legal team tracked down the sex worker who denied having sex with Lausman, according to detailed coverage of the lawsuit in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The sex worker admitted to lying Based in Singapore foreign defense contractor Leonard Francis, who had orchestrated the whole bribery operation in order to enrich his business, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA.)
Lausman, who was known as “Too Tall”, served as executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, commanding officer of USS Blue Ridge and commanding officer of USS George Washington.
Lausman and his fellow officers were found guilty of feasting on extravagant meals and smoking expensive cigars while funneling millions of dollars worth of boats and business to ports operated by the GDMA.
Francis admitted to investigators that he defrauded the Navy of $35 million through his dealings with officers.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has scheduled a status hearing for July 21 for Lausman and the other defendants. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 11.
Lausman, former president of The Villages Republican Club, bought his home at The Villages in 2014 for $860,000.