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Maduro Extracts His Pound of Fat Leonard Flesh

High-level political brokers are looking to trade Leonard Glenn Francis, a.k.a. Fat Leonard, for a notorious figure in U.S. custody.

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The Met's Growing Art Problem

The Manhattan District Attorney this year executed six warrants to seize artifacts from Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's going to get much worse.

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Fat Leonard Publication Day

We're hearing that Venezuela will soon extradite Leonard Francis, aka Fat Leonard, the fugitive Navy contractor, back to the U.S. to face sentencing for his role in a crazy sex-for-contracts bribery scandal. Ahead of that development, today we're publishing a book, Fat Leonard: The Man Who Corrupted the U.

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FTX, a Whale Hunter's Delight

The FTX fraud is way worse and deeper than people realize. It's one of the greatest scandals of our time, with more than $10 billion stolen.

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Sam Bankman-Fried: Hero to Zero

In April, we put Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, on our Brazen Rich List at $30 billion. Today, we're reducing SBF to zero. His crypto exchange FTX is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy as it attempts to fill an $8 billion hole.   We've got some inside scoops on the crypto

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Fat Leonard (Almost) Flees to Russia

Three days ago, we exclusively revealed that Leonard Francis was in Venezuela, after fleeing U.S. detention on Sept. 4. We were right. Venezuelan police arrested him as he boarded a flight for Russia. From home detention in San Diego, he'd escaped over the border into Mexico, and then to

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Manhunt: We Reveal Fat Leonard's Location

We've got a big reveal today in Whale Hunting. Just over two weeks after Leonard Francis – aka "Fat Leonard," a corrupt U.S. military contractor -- went on the run, and the U.S. Marshals Service put a $40,000 bounty on his head, we've tracked him down. We're not

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Fat Leonard, On The Run

In a movie-like turn of events, Leonard Francis, the corrupt Malaysian contractor who ran a mafia-like network inside the U.S. Navy, has gone on the lam. He hacked off his GPS ankle bracelet and fled into the night from his multi-million-dollar home in a gated community in San Diego,

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#whereisjholow?

On Dec. 22, 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stood in a Chanel store in Honolulu, a $130,000 watch in his hand, a birthday present for his wife. But Najib’s credit cards weren’t  working. He tapped out an urgent message on his Blackberry. “My platinum cards are

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Najib Heads to Jail, Finally

Seven years after we wrote about Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, receiving $681 million of state funds into his personal bank accounts, he's finally going to jail. Today, a Federal Court panel headed by Malaysia's chief justice, Maimum Tuan Mat, upheld the High Court's conviction of Najib in 2020.

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Hunter Biden's China Problem

If Republicans take over the House of Representatives in November, you can expect nonstop investigations of Hunter Biden’s connections to China in the runup to 2024. Already, conservative media is focusing more on the story. Many Democrats say this is all a diversion from investigations of former President Donald

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Big in Japan

You might think you know the story of the rise and fall of Carlos Ghosn, the once-super star CEO of Renault-Nissan: Got too big for his boots, allegedly misused company funds, and escaped from Japan in a box for musical equipment. Well, "Boundless, The Rise, Fall, and Escape of Carlos