Malaysian contractor in U.S. Navy bribery case escapes home arrest

(Reuters) – A Malaysian businessman on the heart of a serious U.S. Navy bribery scandal has escaped home arrest forward of his impending sentencing by reducing off his monitoring anklet, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Monday.

Leonard Glenn Francis, popularly often known as “Fats Leonard,” reduce off his GPS anklet a while Sunday morning, and when police went to his dwelling they discovered it empty, the newspaper reported, citing Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo.

Prosecutors stated that in trade for contracts Francis plied Navy officers with money, gourmand meals, costly cigars, uncommon cognac and wild intercourse events in fancy lodges.

Reuters couldn’t attain marshals to confirm his escape.

Native legislation enforcement and the Naval Prison Investigative Service are taking part within the search, the Union-Tribune stated.

“He was planning this out, that is for certain,” Castillo was quoted as saying. Neighbors reported they’d seen transferring vans going into and out of his dwelling in latest days, Castillo stated.

Leonard, who had been cooperating with U.S. investigators, was launched on a medical furlough and had been underneath home arrest and was on account of be sentenced on Sept. 22, the Union-Tribune stated.

In 2015 Leonard pleaded responsible to bribing Navy officers as a part of a wide-ranging bribery and fraud scheme involving his Singapore-based firm, Glenn Protection Marine Asia, which serviced ships within the Navy’s Pacific Fleet.

The U.S. Justice Division, which referred to as the scheme a colossal fraud that value the U.S. Navy tens of tens of millions of {dollars}, introduced fees towards greater than 30 folks, a lot of whom pleaded responsible or had been convicted at trial.

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