The military contractor recognized as ‘Fat Leonard’ – actual identify Leonard Francis — has been caught, the U.S. Marshals Provider explained to ABC News late Wednesday evening.
He was located following an Interpol see went out and was identified in Caracas, Venezuela, whilst making an attempt to board a flight.
The arrest was made by Venezuelan authorities based on a “Red Observe” from Interpol. The arrest was built on Tuesday but is just now getting identified.
“A Purple See is a ask for to regulation enforcement all over the world to track down and provisionally arrest a individual pending extradition, surrender, or related legal motion,” according to the Interpol web page.
Leonard was established to be sentenced on Sept. 22 after getting located responsible in 2015 for bribing Navy officers with lavish items, prostitutes and money. Authorities say he slice off his ankle keep an eye on last week and had not been seen since.
In 1 occasion, according to the Justice Office, Francis was able to have a ship moved to a port he owned in Malaysia.
To date it continues to be a single of the major naval scandals in United States background.
On Sept. 6, U.S. Marshals confirmed up at Francis’ home after being alerted that his GPS ankle observe was getting tampered with, according to a press release from the company.
Because 2013, there have been extra than 30 U.S. Navy officers charged in connection with his circumstance. A judge ruled that Francis had to forfeit the $35 million he was convicted of defrauding the U.S. governing administration by when he in excess of-billed federal government contracts and bribed naval officials.
The Marshals were being giving a $40,000 reward for any information top to Leonard’s arrest.