Navy reprimands 3 rear admirals for accepting gifts in case linked to massive bribery probe

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The secretary of the Navy has reprimanded three rear admirals in a case linked to a massive bribery scandal, but they won't face criminal charges.

A Navy statement Tuesday says letters of censure were issued to Michael Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo. Kraft commands naval forces in Japan.

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The statement says they violated ethical standards by improperly accepting gifts.

The letters are considered career-ending reprimands. The three are seeking retirement, and the letters could affect their benefits.

A request through the Navy for the men to comment was not answered Tuesday night.

Several other Navy officials have pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a Malaysian contractor that overbilled the Navy at least $20 million for port services in Asia. The case in San Diego continues.