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Fugitive 'Fat Leonard' was captured at a Venezuela airport trying to flee to Russia after escaping house arrest

Added 09-22-22 04:14:04pm EST - “The former military contractor behind a major Navy scandal cut his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet and fled house arrest while waiting to be sentenced.” - Businessinsider.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Fugitive 'Fat Leonard' was captured at a Venezuela airport trying to flee to Russia after escaping house arrest”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Leonard Glenn Francis, who pleaded guilty to involvement in one of the US Navy's worst corruption scandals, was captured in Venezuela after he recently escaped house arrest in San Diego and went on the run. 

Francis, a former military contractor who is also known as "Fat Leonard," was captured at an airport while trying to flee the country, Interpol Venezuela said in a Wednesday statement shared to Instagram. The agency said Francis entered the country via Mexico, with a stop in Cuba, and planned to travel to Russia as his final destination.

Authorities said he was captured at Simón Bolívar International Airport, just north of Venezuela's capital city Caracas. Francis will be handed over to Venezuela's judicial authorities, who will then initiate an extradition process, Interpol said.

Earlier this month, Francis, a Malaysian national, was waiting to be sentenced for his role in a a Navy bribery scandal when he cut off his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet and fled his San Diego home. 

After a federal agency monitoring Francis realized he fled, law enforcement officials went to his house only to find nothing there except for the tracking device, Deputy US Marshal Antonio Kirby previously told Insider. Immediately, a slew of law enforcement agencies — including the Marshals — began desperately hunting for Francis.  


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