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Judge Tosses 5 Convictions in Navy 'Fat Leonard' Case

Government cited prosecutorial errors in bribery convictions of retired military officers

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the felony convictions of five retired military officers who had admitted to accepting bribes from a Malaysian contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard" in one of the Navy's biggest corruption cases. The dismissals came at the request of the government—not the defense—citing...

Venezuela Hands Over 'Fat Leonard' in Prisoner Swap

Former defense contractor is central figure in massive Pentagon bribery scandal

(Newser) - This file is updated throughout with new details. The US freed a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in exchange for the release of 10 Americans imprisoned in the South American country and the extradition of a fugitive defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard," who is at...

'Fat Leonard' Really Does Not Want to Return to US

Fugitive seeks asylum in Venezuela, according to anonymous law enforcement official

(Newser) - The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of US Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. Leonard Glenn Francis slipped away from house...

'Fat Leonard' Recaptured Just Before He Made It to Russia

Military contractor traveled through Mexico, Cuba, was busted in Venezuela after fleeing California

(Newser) - Update: The escaped criminal known as Fat Leonard made it all the way from California to Venezuela, and would have continued on to Russia, before his capture Tuesday. Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian military contractor who orchestrated the worst corruption scandal in Navy history, was awaiting sentencing for bribery and...

They Were the Navy 'Cool Kids.' Their Parties Were, Er, Unusual

Sordid details emerge in growing 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

(Newser) - Officers in a burgeoning Navy bribery scandal called themselves the Lion King's Harem, the Wolfpack, the Cool Kids, and the Brotherhood. They scouted for others who might also accept sex, trips, and other lavish perks from a Malaysian defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" in exchange for classified...

Commander Gave Up Navy Secrets for Gaga Tix
Commander Gave Up
Navy Secrets for Gaga Tix
say prosecutors

Commander Gave Up Navy Secrets for Gaga Tix

Federal case takes on Malaysia's 'Fat Leonard'

(Newser) - It has the makings of a Hollywood movie: secrets, bribes, and a Malaysian businessman dubbed "Fat Leonard." A Navy scandal involving prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets continues to unfold, with the AP reporting it's not just a corruption case, but involves "serious national security breaches."...

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