'Fat Leonard' may be Venezuela bargaining chip, experts say
A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of top U.S. Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration.
‘Fat Leonard,’ mastermind of U.S. Navy bribery scheme, cuts off ankle monitor, disappears
A man who masterminded one of the largest corruption scandals in U.S. Navy history fled from house arrest Sunday, three weeks before he was to be sentenced, The San Diego Tribune is reporting. According to the Tribune, the federal agency monitoring Francis was alerted to an anomaly with the ankle bracelet and his attorneys went to check on him. When the police arrived and entered the home, they found it empty except for the ankle monitor that was left behind, according to U.S. Francis ran a military contracting firm that serviced U.S. Navy ships in ports that he controlled in Southeast Asia, and was charged with bribing U.S. Navy officials after a federal sting operation in 2013. He had been under house arrest since 2018.wftv.com
Analysts: Navy bribery trial to expose pervasive problem
Dozens of U.S. Navy officials have admitted to being bought off by a gregarious, rotund Malaysian defense contractor known as “Fat Leonard” who plied them with prostitutes, Cuban cigars and free stays at the Philippines’ Shangri-La hotel among other things.