Leonard Glenn Francis fled the USA previous this month forward of sentencing for his position in an enormous bribery scandal.
A Malaysian defence contractor – popularly referred to as “Fats Leonard” – who orchestrated some of the greatest bribery scandals in United States army historical past has been arrested in Venezuela.
A global manhunt was once introduced for Leonard Glenn Francis previous this month after he fled the USA forward of his scheduled sentencing for his position within the large bribery scandal involving dozens of US naval officers.
The search ended with Francis’s arrest through Venezuelan government on Tuesday morning at Caracas airport as he was once about to board an aeroplane for any other nation, the USA Marshals Carrier stated on Wednesday.
Carlos Garate Rondon, the director common of Venezuela’s workplace of the global police company Interpol, stated in a remark posted on Instagram that Francis got here to Venezuela from Mexico and that he was once headed onward to Russia.
Francis’s arrest got here at the eve of his scheduled sentencing in a federal court docket in California for a bribery scheme that lasted greater than a decade and concerned dozens of US Army officials.
There was once no speedy phrase on when he could be extradited to the USA.
Francis was once confined to house arrest in San Diego when he bring to a halt his GPS ankle bracelet and escaped on September 4. Ten US companies have looked for Francis and a $40,000 praise was once presented through the USA Marshals Carrier and the NCIS [Naval Criminal Investigative Service].
US government additionally issued an Interpol purple realize, which asks regulation enforcement international to provisionally arrest any individual with the potential of extradition. It was once concept that Francis had fled to Mexico as step one in a adventure that may go back him to Asia.
Malaysia and Singapore each have extradition agreements with the USA.
Francis pleaded responsible in 2015 to providing prostitution services and products, luxurious shuttle and resorts, lavish foods and greater than $500,000 in bribes to US Army officers and others to lend a hand his Singapore-based send servicing corporate, Glenn Protection Marine Asia Ltd or GDMA, protected profitable US naval contracts.
Prosecutors stated the corporate then overcharged the military through a minimum of $35m for servicing US ships, a lot of which have been routed to ports he managed within the Pacific with the help of the officers receiving his bribes.
The primary to be convicted within the case was once John Beliveau II, a manager within the NCIS, who pleaded responsible in 2012 to conspiracy and bribery fees.
Beliveau is assumed to have given Francis recommendation on the right way to thwart an NCIS investigation in opposition to him, leaked the names of witnesses, and shared loads of pages of confidential NCIS recordsdata with him.
In alternate for info, Beliveau gained shuttle, dinners and lodge prices value 1000’s of greenbacks all the way through visits to Singapore, the Philippines, and Thailand. He additionally gained a minimum of 5 envelopes of money, and the services and products of intercourse staff, the record stated.
Beliveau was once sentenced to twelve years in jail in 2016 and ordered to pay $20m in restitution to the Army.