With Leonard Glenn “Fats Leonard” Francis in custody in Venezuela following his escape from home arrest in San Diego, sentencing was postponed Thursday for the protection contractor who pleaded responsible years in the past to bribing a wide range of Navy officers.
Francis, who was arrested Tuesday at Simon Bolivar Worldwide Airport, pleaded responsible in 2015 to expenses associated to providing costly items to servicemembers in alternate for his or her help in aiding his ship husbanding firm. His seize got here a little bit greater than two weeks after officers say he reduce off a GPS bracelet and absconded from his San Diego residence.
Francis was allowed to stay on home arrest for the previous 4 years as a consequence of a wide range of medical points, however didn’t testify as anticipated within the trial of 5 Navy officers charged with accepting bribes from him.
On Thursday, the date of his long-awaited sentencing, U.S. District Decide Janis Sammartino set Francis’ subsequent court docket date for Dec. 14. A brand new sentencing date has not been set.
The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace declined to touch upon what extra expenses Francis might face because of his flight from the nation, nor how the incident would possibly have an effect on his plea deal.
Prosecutors allege Francis provided Navy service members costly meals, fancy lodge lodging and the providers of prostitutes and in alternate, he acquired labeled data and wielded affect that steered Navy ships to ports he managed in Southeast Asia. Francis’ firm bilked taxpayers out of greater than $35 million by overbilling the Navy for husbanding providers, prosecutors allege.
Together with Francis, greater than two dozen others have additionally pleaded responsible in reference to the case.
A trial held earlier this yr resulted in convictions of conspiracy, bribery and different expenses towards 4 Navy officers.
–Metropolis Information Service