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BREAKING U.S NEWS REPORT: Fugitive known as ‘Fat Leonard’ in massive US Navy bribery case caught in Venezuela

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#AceBreakingNews – A Malaysian defence contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard”, who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in US military history, has been arrested in Venezuela.

Fat Leonard arrested
‘Fat Leonard’ orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in US military history.(AP: Courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service)none

Leonard Glenn Francis absconded from house arrest earlier this month, weeks before he was due to be sentenced over his role in a bribery scheme that involved dozens of US Navy officials.

An international manhunt ended with his arrest by Venezuelan authorities at Caracas airport on Tuesday as he was about to board a flight to another country, the US Marshals Service said.

The arrest came on the eve of Francis’s scheduled sentencing in a federal court in California, but there was no immediate word on when he might be extradited to the United States.

The hunt for ‘Fat Leonard’

Mr Francis was living under house arrest in San Diego when he cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and escaped on September 4.

Ten US agencies searched for Mr Francis, and authorities issued a $US40,000 ($60,521) reward for his arrest.

US authorities also issued a red notice, which asks law enforcement worldwide to provisionally arrest someone with the possibility of extradition.

Malaysia and Singapore both have extradition agreements with the United States.

Mr Francis pleaded guilty in 2015 to offering prostitution services, luxury hotels, cigars, gourmet meals and more than $500,000 in bribes to Navy officials and others to help his Singapore-based ship servicing company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. or GDMA.

Prosecutors said the company overcharged the Navy by at least $US35 million for servicing ships, many of which were routed to ports he controlled in the Pacific.

His illicit activities went on for more than a decade.

Mr Francis had been allowed to remain in home confinement to receive medical care while he cooperated with the prosecution.

With his help, prosecutors secured convictions of 33 of 34 defendants, including more than two dozen Navy officers.

AP

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