M'sian 'Big Brother' denies squeezing millions from Pentagon

M'sian 'Big Brother' denies squeezing millions from Pentagon

PETALING JAYA - A gregarious Ma­­laysian defence contractor, known as "Big Brother" due to his size, is in the news because of alleged corrupt practices with his United States Navy accomplices.

Leonard Glenn Francis, or "Fat Leonard" as he is known in military circles, has pleaded not guilty in a San Diego court over a shocking corruption case that squeezed millions out of the Pentagon.

Described as "larger than life", the father of five has been given the nickname because he weighs 159kg.

Francis, 58, is known for his extravagance and has a 6,503sqm bungalow in Singapore, which is famous for its lavish Christmas light-ups.

He was arrested on Sept 16 in San Diego while on a business trip and subsequently charged with defrauding the US Navy.

His accomplice, Navy commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 46, whom Francis calls "Little Brother" or "Little Bro", is alleged to have passed him confidential information on the US fleet's routes.

The information was given to Francis' Singapore-based company Glenn Defence Marine Asia Ltd (GDMA), described on its website as "one of the most trusted brands in the provision of maritime support, notably to the navies of the world".

According to the AP newswire, Francis used prostitutes, luxury hotels, money and tickets to a Lady Gaga concert to "hook" Misiewicz.

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