The BBC's US Navy officer 'bribed by cash and prostitutes' begins:
Information Commander Stephen Shedd provided to the firm helped it defraud the navy of $35 billion (£26.1bn).
The plea is the latest in the 'Fat Leonard' case, considered one of the worst corruption scandals faced by the navy.
Dozens of officials have been ensnared.
According to the Justice Department, Shedd and the other officers received "sex parties with prostitutes and luxurious dinner and travel" in exchange for military secrets and "substantial influence" for the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) company, a Singapore-based firm founded by a Malaysian national, Leonard Glenn Francis.
According to prosecutors, information Shedd and others provided helped GDMA to win and maintain contracts and overbill the Navy by $35bn for services such as providing tugboats, security and waste removal to ships at port.
Is there some mechanism by which the US can "claw back" or otherwise recover some of this $35 billion?