Mastermind of Navy bribery scheme captured in Venezuela after escaping house arrest in San Diego

Francis is currently being held by authorities in Venezuela and U.S. government officials are working with Venezuela to extradite him, Supervising Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo told CNN on Wednesday.

After Francis fled earlier this month, U.S. federal law enforcement filed a so-called “red notice” with the international police agency INTERPOL, Castillo said. A Red Notice is a universal request to participating INTERPOL members to temporarily arrest a wanted suspect pending further legal action, such as extradition.

Former contractor He escaped from house arrest Two weeks ago in San Diego, he cut off his GPS tracking ankle bracelet, Castillo told CNN at the time.

He escaped three weeks before his sentencing.

The nickname “Fat Leonard” came from his then-400-pound weight, and in 2015 he pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges.

The investigation into corruption began in 2013 and touched capitals and ports across the Pacific, including Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok and Manila. During the trial, several naval officers were arrested and accused of offering services such as fuel and tugboats in exchange for sending cash, prostitutes, and all-expenses-paid trips to ports where Francis’s contracting company operated.

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