Fugitive in $500K U.S. Navy bribery scheme arrested in Venezuela

An undated handout image fugitive Francis Leonard after being arrested in Venezuela. Picture: Interpol Venezuela Instagram account/AFP through Getty Pictures

Authorities in Venezuela arrested Leonard Francis, a former U.S. Navy contractor who organized one of many largest bribery scandals in army historical past, in Caracas this week on the request of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Why it issues: Francis, also referred to as “Fats Leonard,” pleaded responsible in 2015 to providing bribes to Navy officers within the type of prostitution companies, luxurious resorts and meals to profit his ship servicing firm primarily based in Singapore, AP stories.

  • Francis, a Malaysian nationwide, doled out greater than $500,000 in bribes, and prosecutors mentioned the corporate, Glenn Protection Marine Asia, overcharged the Navy by at the least $35 million for companies.
  • He escaped home arrest in San Diego earlier this month after chopping his ankle monitoring bracelet. Earlier than his escape, he was set to be sentenced in round three weeks for the bribery scheme, based on CNN.

The U.S. Marshals Service didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark concerning the arrest.

The large image: Interpol Venezuela Director Common Carlos Garate Rondon mentioned on social media that Francis was arrested within the worldwide airport in Caracas making an attempt to board a flight to Russia.

  • Rondon mentioned Francis flew to Venezuela from Mexico and that his extradition procedures have begun.
  • He was arrested a day earlier than his scheduled sentencing in a federal courtroom.

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