3 admirals forced to retire after bribery scandal
SAN DIEGO – Three Navy admirals have been censured by the secretary of the Navy for “poor judgment and a failure of leadership” linked to a bribery scandal that federal prosecutors say cost taxpayers $20 million, the Navy announced Tuesday.
The three are retiring, the Navy said.
“Censure was both necessary and appropriate,’’ said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “I have now received the retirement of all three officers, and we will process them appropriately.”
The officers, all rear admirals, are:
- Michael Miller, who was the commander of Carrier Strike Group 7 and recently was a special assistant to the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.
- Terry Kraft, who was commander of the carrier Ronald Reagan and recently commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Japan.
- David Pimpo, who was supply officer aboard the Reagan and recently commander of Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapons Systems Support.
Nothing in the Navy statement suggests the three will face criminal charges.