A army contractor often known as “Fats Leonard,” who pleaded responsible to orchestrating a significant U.S. Navy corruption scandal, is on the run after reducing off his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet and fleeing home arrest in San Diego over the weekend, authorities mentioned.
Leonard Glenn Francis eliminated his tracker on Sunday, prompting a welfare examine, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo mentioned Monday.
Officers arrived at Francis’ residence to search out it empty, triggering a high-profile search, Castillo mentioned. The information was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Neighbors within the space advised U.S. Marshals investigating the disappearance that a number of U-Haul vans had been out and in of the home all week lengthy, Castillo mentioned. He mentioned it appeared clear Francis had been planning his escape for a while.
Francis was arrested in 2013 and pleaded responsible in 2015 to providing $500,000 in bribes to Navy officers, who, in trade, shared categorized info with him, along with redirecting army vessels to ports that may be useful for his Singapore-based ship servicing firm.
Prosecutors say Francis and his agency overcharged the U.S. army by greater than $35 million for its providers.
The previous army contractor had been below home arrest since no less than 2018 and was attributable to be sentenced on the finish of the month.
Castillo mentioned Francis’ escape was a pretrial violation, successfully for bail-jumping.
He couldn’t say the place Francis could be, however mentioned officers would share updates as they grew to become obtainable.
Devin Burstein, the protection lawyer showing to signify Francis, didn’t instantly reply to an in a single day request for remark from NBC Information.
The Related Press contributed.