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Leonard Padilla (born 1939) is a bounty hunter who lives in Sacramento, California, and in business since 1975. He has appeared on television on National Geographic channel, as well as an expert appearing on CNN to discuss the Caylee Anthony case. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lorenzo Patiño Law School since 1983, although he is not licensed as an attorney in California.
Padilla was one of 135 candidates who ran for California governor in the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, receiving 1,343 votes. The alternative weekly newspaper Sacramento News & Review named him one of Sacramento's most interesting people in 2010.
In 1992, Leonard Padilla served one year in federal prison on a plea deal for three years failing to file and pay federal income taxes. Padilla addressed his prison stint as "time away from home," and said about the situation: "I plead guilty to 2 misdemeanors for non-filing and non-payment of taxes, definitely not tax evasion. I paid approximately $600,000 in taxes due and I did one year in a federal detention center from February 1992 to February 1993. Even though the federal probation department recommended five months home detention, the IRS investigator, a girlfriend of the federal prosecutor, insisted on me doing one year in prison. I went along with her. So I said 'let's do it'."
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- News & Review, Sacramento (2010-12-16). "Sacramento's 100 Most Interesting People". SN&R.
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