A Malaysian defence contractor at the centre of one of the biggest bribery scandals in United States military history is on the run after fleeing his home in California, three weeks before he faced sentencing, the US Marshals Service has said.US Marshals in San Diego tweeted a “wanted” notice on Wednesday for Leonard Glenn Francis — popularly known as “Fat Leonard” — who was scheduled to be sentenced later this month after pleading guilty in 2015 to his role in a $35m bribery case involving senior US Navy officials.
The San Diego Fugitive Task Force is “searching” for Francis for violating the conditions of his pre-trial release after he cut off his GPS ankle monitor and fled his home.
Law enforcement officers went to Francis’s home in San Diego after receiving an alert on Sunday that the GPS monitor Francis had worn while in home confinement was being tampered with.
The San Diego Fugitive Task Force is searching for Leonard Francis a.k.a. “Fat Leonard”. Francis, who was on home confinement and being monitored by U.S. Pretrial Services, cut off his GPS bracelet and left his home. If you have any information please call 877-926-8332. pic.twitter.com/LFcsjDy5qn
— USMS San Diego (@USMSSanDiego) September 6, 2022
“After a thorough check of the residence, officers were unable to locate Francis. Officers were able to locate the GPS ankle monitor that had been c …