US Defense Contractor Named Fat Leonard Seduced Navy Bosses With Cuban Cigars, Luxury Goods and Prostitutes

Francis in the middle schmoozes with seaman during a Navy ball in 2007. PHOTO: U.S. Navy

By Joe Levin | 29 May 2016

T.O.T. PRIVATE CONSULTING — A corruption scandal surrounding a Singapore businessman who bribed ‘scores of’ US Navy officers in return for contracts escalated into the biggest fraud investigation in Naval history.

Leonard Glenn Francis – known as Fat Leonard – was legendary on the high seas for his appetite for excess as he showered Navy officers with gifts including Cuban cigars, prostitutes, Spanish suckling pigs and an array of luxury goods worth millions of dollars in return for defense contracts.

But after years of bribery, federal agents decided on a risky sting operation to nab 350 lb Francis and his firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

It involved luring him to California on the offer of a meeting with admirals who said they had lucrative contracts to offer, reports The Washington Post.

The meeting took place on September 16 2013, where he was arrested in his hotel suite overlooking San Diego’s harbor.

Following the arrest, hundreds of law enforcement agents arrested other suspects in three states and seven countries and seized incriminating files from his business empire. […]

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