Leonard Francis, former military contractor known as “Fat Leonard” who organized the largest corruption scandal in US Navy history is on in run after the escape house arrest in San Diego cutting off According to the US Marshals Service, his ankle bracelet has GPS monitoring.
escape comes just three weeks before sentencing.
Federal agency watching Francis house arrest A pre-trial service called the San Diego Police Department. on Sunday to check on Deputy U.S. Marshal for Supervision Omar Castillo told CNN. When the police found Francis home empty, they contacted the US marshals, Castillo said.
When team of US Marshals went to Francis house on Sunday, said Castillo, is the only found there was an ankle bracelet that he cut open off as well as left in portable refrigerator.
Neighbors told US marshals that they had recently seen several U-Haul trucks at Francis’s home. house, according to Castillo.
“Looks like he planned it for some time,” he told CNN.
Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, San Diego division – which the run US marshals – looking for for Francis.
Castillo said the Navy Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) also participated because they worked on in original case.
“We have a few leads we are following,” Castillo said.
San Diego Union Tribune first reported that Francis had fled house arrest.
Francis, whose nickname comes from his then 400-pound weight, pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud. in 2015.
Corruption investigation launched in 2013 and touched on capitals and ports across the Pacific including Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok and Manila. During the investigation, several Navy officials were arrested and charged of acceptance of cashprostitutes and trips with payment of all expenses in exchange for directing ships to ports where Francis’ contracting company operated, providing services such as fuel and tugboats.
CNN reached out to the US Attorney office and the FBI in San Diego. When Francis was contacted by the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday, defense advocate declined to comment.