The navy contractor often known as ‘Fat Leonard’ – actual title Leonard Francis — has been caught, the U.S. Marshals Service instructed ABC News late Wednesday night time.
He was discovered after an Interpol discover went out and was present in Caracas, Venezuela, whereas making an attempt to board a flight.
The arrest was made by Venezuelan authorities based mostly on a “Red Notice” from Interpol. The arrest was made on Tuesday however is simply now changing into identified.
“A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action,” in accordance with the Interpol web site.
Leonard was set to be sentenced on Sept. 22 after being discovered responsible in 2015 for bribing Navy officers with lavish items, prostitutes and money. Authorities say he reduce off his ankle monitor final week and had not been seen since.
In one occasion, in accordance with the Justice Department, Francis was in a position to have a ship moved to a port he owned in Malaysia.
To date it stays one of many largest naval scandals in United States historical past.
On Sept. 6, U.S. Marshals confirmed up at Francis’ dwelling after being alerted that his GPS ankle monitor was being tampered with, in accordance with a press launch from the company.
Since 2013, there have been greater than 30 U.S. Navy officers charged in connection together with his case. A choose dominated that Francis needed to forfeit the $35 million he was convicted of defrauding the U.S. authorities by when he over-billed authorities contracts and bribed naval officers.
The Marshals had been providing a $40,000 reward for any data resulting in Leonard’s arrest.