NORFOLK, Va. — Electrician's Mate Jared Wilks will face a harsher punishment for being late to work than the officers indicted in the Fat Leonard scandal, sources confirmed today.
Wilks was sentenced to fifteen days restriction and half pay for thirty days after showing up fifteen minutes late for work. His non-judicial punishment guarantees a poor evaluation and will effect his chances for advancement. Meanwhile, a number of senior officers indicted for corruption, bribery, and leaking classified information have retired with a full pension.
“There's a clear difference in these two examples,” Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Robert Flores told reporters. “EM3 Wilks knew liberty expired at 0600. These officers may not have known that accepting bribes, cocaine, partying with hookers, recruiting other officers into the conspiracy, lying to investigators, destroying evidence, and warning a contractor about investigations was illegal.”
And in both cases, Flores said, the Navy took the misconduct very seriously.
"Officers are held to a higher standard," he said. "Some officers have been fined fractions of the amount of cash they took in bribes, and have been subject to administrative action. A few of them have been handed harshly-worded letters. Some have retired with a pension guaranteeing them more money than EM3 Wilks will ever make. And, keep in mind, nobody prosecuting the Fat Leonard scandal is trying to make rank.”
Flores added: “There was one sailor sentenced to twenty seven months in jail. The fact he was enlisted has nothing to do with it.”
At press time, three sailors showed up to work after Wilks did but were not punished because their chief said they were good sailors.