The US Marshals Service is offering a $40,000 reward for information relating to “Fat Leonard” aka Leonard Francis, the agency announced Friday night.
Leonard, who was due to be sentenced on September 22 after being found guilty in 2015 of bribing Navy officials with lavish gifts, prostitutes and cash, cut off his ankle monitor last week and did not has not been seen since. In one case, according to the Ministry of Justice, Francis was able to move a ship to a port he owned in Malaysia.
The marshals also offer a more detailed timeline of the day he escaped – saying US pretrial services first contacted his lawyer who did not know his whereabouts and 2 hours later contacted the group of the USMS San Diego.
A former naval contractor who was convicted of bribing naval officers with millions of dollars in lavish cigars, prostitutes and cash allegedly cut off his ankle monitor on Sunday and is now on the run, according to US Marshals Service.
On Sunday, U.S. Marshals showed up at Francis’ home after being alerted that his GPS ankle monitor was tampered with, according to a news release from the agency.
“Members of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force attended Francis’ residence in an attempt to locate him,” the marshals said. “After announcing themselves, officers from the task force entered the residence through an unlocked door. 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 cut off.”
“His current whereabouts are unknown,” the agency added.
Since 2013, more than 30 naval officers have been charged in connection with his case. A judge has ruled that Francis must forfeit the $35 million he was found guilty of defrauding the U.S. government when he overcharged government contracts and bribed Navy officials.
“In his plea agreement, Francis conceded that during the course of the conspiracy, he and [his contracting company] gave officials millions of dollars in valuables, including more than $500,000 in cash; hundreds of thousands of dollars in the services of prostitutes and associated expenses; hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses, including airfare, often first or business class, luxury hotel stays, incidentals and spa treatments; hundreds of thousands of dollars in sumptuous meals, premium liquor and wine, and entertainment; and hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury gifts, including designer handbags and leather goods, watches, fountain pens, fine wine, champagne, scotch, designer furniture, consumer electronics, ornamental swords and handmade model ships,” according to a Department of Justice release.