Leonard Glenn Francis, better known as “Fat Leonard,” a defense contractor who disappeared weeks before he was sentenced to one of the biggest bribery scandals in the country’s military history, announced Wednesday that the U.S. government in Venezuela Detained in the Federal Marshals Service.Confirmed.
Francis was detained by Venezuelan authorities while he was on a flight to another country, said Omar Castillo, a spokesperson for the Marshal’s Service. Carlos Galate London, Executive Director of INTERPOL Venezuela, said Francis had flown from Mexico to Be Cuba and that his final destination was supposed to be Russia.
Francis is handed over to federal authorities.
In 2018, before he fled, a judge warned Frances that he was in danger of running away.NBC 7’s Dave Summers tells the story.
The US government paid a $40,000 reward last Friday for information leading to the arrest of a Malaysian defense contractor.
Francis cut off the monitoring bracelet on his ankle around 7:35 a.m. Sunday at his San Diego home where he was being held, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Neighbors reported seeing U-Haul trucks drive in and out of the house days before he went missing.
Francis was allowed under house arrest to receive medical care while cooperating with the prosecution. With his help, prosecutors won his 33 convictions out of his 34 defendants.
In 2015, Francis was accused of providing prostitution services, luxury hotels, cigars, gourmet meals, and bribes of more than $500,000 to naval officials, among others, for his Singapore-based ship services company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. (GDMA) pleaded guilty to Prosecutors said the company overcharged the Navy by at least $35 million for the maintenance of the vessel.
Ten US agencies are looking for Francis. U.S. authorities have also issued red notices calling on law enforcement agencies around the world to make provisional arrests of potential extraditionists. Malaysia and Singapore both have extradition agreements with the United States.