A Malaysian citizen who was a contractor for the defense of the united states was arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his conviction sentence, information from the authorities. Leonard Glenn Francisnicknamed “Fat Leonard”, orchestrated one of the greatest Bribery scandals in United States military history.
The international manhunt for Francis ended with his arrest by Venezuelan authorities Tuesday morning at the Caracas Airport, when he was about to board a plane to another country, said on Wednesday the US Marshals Service.
Francis had traveled to Venezuela from Mexico with a climb on Cubadetailed the General Director of Interpol Venezuela, Carlos Garate Rondon, in a statement published in Instagram. Francis turned to Russia and was arrested in main international airport of Caracasthe agency added.
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The arrest occurred on the eve of his sentencing, scheduled at a federal court in Californiaa, for a bribery scheme that appeared more than a decade ago and involved dozens of officers of the United States Navy.
There was no immediate information on when he might be extradited to the American Union.
Francis was under house arrest in San Diego when he cut and broke one anklet with geolocator on september 4, before escaping. Ten US agencies searched for Francis and authorities issued a $40k reward in exchange for his arrest.
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US authorities also issued a red noticewhereby law enforcement agencies around the world are asked to provisionally arrest someone who is eligible for extradition. Malaysia and Singapore have extradition agreements with USA.
Francis knows pleaded guilty in 2015 to offer services of prostitution, luxury hotels, cigars, gourmet meals and more of 500 thousand dollars in bribes Navy officials and others to help your ship servicing company Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd or GDMA, based in Singapore. Prosecutors said the company charged the Navy at least $35 million for servicing ships, many of which were shipped to ports he controlled in the Peaceful.
(With information from AP)