Fat Leonard

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Project Brazen Originals, PRX

Fat Leonard

5.0/5

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“Fat Leonard” is the most shocking unknown tale of our era: Leonard Francis, a 350-pound defense contractor, bribed U.S. Navy officers with cash, prostitutes and luxury items in return for fraudulent multi-million-dollar deals. Eventually the NCIS set up an off-the-books operation to entrap Leonard. As details of his fraud became clear, the Navy moved to protect its senior ranks. In “Fat Leonard,” the debut podcast from Project Brazen (the content studio created by “Billion Dollar Whale” co-authors and former Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley Hope and Tom Wright), Leonard himself, detained since 2013, is talking for the first time -- and he’s ang...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer - The Guardian - Dec 4, 2021

"So, an ongoing case, much lip-smacking raw material, and the podcast makes good use of it all. Wright, who smuggled in a microphone to Francis’s home, does well in drawing out the scandalous details. What raises the podcast above most is that Wright, while enjoying the ride, is not totally swept away."

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