Leonard Glenn Francis, higher often known as “Fats Leonard,” a protection contractor who fled earlier than he was set to be sentenced for one of many largest bribery scandals in U.S. navy historical past, was taken into custody Wednesday in Venezuela, in keeping with media reviews.
Francis was taken into custody by Venezuelan authorities as he was boarding a aircraft to a different nation, the U.S. Marshals Service mentioned.
The federal government had posted a $40,000 reward for info resulting in the arrest of the Malaysian protection contractor.
Francis minimize off his ankle monitoring bracelet at a San Diego dwelling the place he was being held, in keeping with the Marshals Service.
He had been allowed to stay in dwelling confinement to obtain medical care whereas he cooperated with the prosecution. Along with his assist, prosecutors secured convictions of greater than two dozen Navy officers.
Francis pleaded responsible in 2015 to providing prostitution providers, luxurious motels, cigars, connoisseur meals, and greater than $500,000 in bribes to Navy officers and others to assist his Singapore-based ship servicing firm, Glenn Protection Marine Asia.