‘Bolle Leonard’ arrested again, pivot in US Navy corruption scandal

‘Bolle Leonard’ arrested again, pivot in US Navy corruption scandal
‘Bolle Leonard’ arrested again, pivot in US Navy corruption scandal

NOS Newstoday, 10:27

The linchpin in a massive corruption scandal within the US Navy is once again stuck. Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed ‘Bolle Leonard’, was arrested at a Venezuelan airport as he was about to travel on. He escaped from house arrest in California eighteen days ago.

For years Francis overcharged when American naval ships from the Pacific fleet used his service companies in Asian ports. To do that, he bribed naval personnel with tons of bribes, luxury hotels, star dinners and sex parties.

The scandal was one of the biggest fraud cases in Navy history. The damage to the US Department of Defense was about $35 million. After his arrest in 2013, Francis’ confessions helped in the conviction of 33 people, including senior naval officers.

moving vans

Francis would soon face his own sentence, possibly 25 years in prison and the relief to return his winnings. Because his health has been ailing in recent years, he was allowed to await that verdict at home in San Diego.

At the beginning of this month, guards received a report that Francis’ ankle bracelet had been cut. When they went to look at his house, it turned out that there was no one there anymore. Neighbors said they had seen moving vans for weeks.

As it turns out, Francis traveled to Venezuela via Mexico and Cuba. According to the Interpol director in that country, he was about to catch a plane to Russia. It is not yet known when Venezuela will extradite Francis.

The article is in Dutch

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