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Malaysian businessman linked to US Navy bribery scandal escapes house arrest in San Diego

  • Leonard Glenn Francis, better known by his nickname “Fat Leonard,” escaped his San Diego home on Sunday after successfully cutting off his GPS ankle tag, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo confirmed.
  • The San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force has already initiated a manhunt for Francis, a Malaysian businessman linked to one of the biggest bribery scandals to hit the U.S. Navy in modern times.
  • Castillo also said 10 U.S. law enforcement agencies from local, state and federal levels have been assigned search duties to look for Francis.
  • Francis was arrested in a San Diego hotel in 2013 as part of a federal sting operation and pleaded guilty in 2015 to offering senior U.S. Navy officers $500,000 in bribes in exchange for funneling more work towards his Singapore-based company Glenn Defense Marine Asia, for which he overcharged the U.S. Navy by more than $35 million.
  • Before his escape on Sunday, Francis, who suffers from several health issues, including kidney cancer, had been under house arrest in his multi-million dollar home located in a gated San Diego community since 2018.
  • The scandal, widely referred to as the “Fat Leonard Scandal,” has implicated over 200 U.S. Navy officers, including 30 Admirals.

A Malaysian businessman linked to one of the biggest bribery scandals to hit the U.S. Navy in modern times has escaped his house arrest in San Diego weeks before his sentencing.

Leonard Glenn Francis, better known by his nickname “Fat Leonard,” escaped his home on Sunday after managing to cut his GPS ankle tag, according to Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo. Neighbors also had reportedly seen U-hauls coming in and out of Francis’ home days before his escape but failed to alert the authorities.

Vietnamese Mother Misses Her U.S. Navy Son’s Funeral After Visa is Denied TWICE

Hung Truong, the father of four-year Navy veteran Ngoc Hoan Truong, is infuriated with the United States government’s decision not to approve his Vietnam-born ex-wife’s visa to attend their son’s funeral.

Truong’s mother tried to apply for a U.S. visa twice, but was denied both times, according to his father, who owns a jewelry store in Blytheville, Arkansas, WREG reported.

China Promises to Return Confiscated American Drone, Tells U.S. to Chill Out

China’s Defense Ministry officially announced on Saturday that it plans to return an American unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that a warship confiscated near the Philippines’ Subic Bay.

China also pointed out that the United States might be over-reacting after it immediately filed a formal diplomatic protest and demanded its return, according to Reuters.