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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    OH - Ohio seeks 41 years for Navy vets charity scammer


    CLEVELAND—A mysterious figure convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud could spend the rest of his life in prison.

    The defendant, who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson but who authorities say is actually Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, faces sentencing Monday.

    The Ohio attorney general's office, which handled his trial, asked the judge for a sentence of 41 years in prison and a fine of $6.3 million........

    The fraud occurred in 41 states, according to trial testimony, and Ohio took the lead, indicting Thompson in 2010. He disappeared for nearly two years and was arrested last year in Portland, Ore.

    He was charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa, Fla.

    More at link.....

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Left Coast USA
    I've never heard of this guy, nor the charity but working backwards, here is a great background piece done by The Tampa Bay Times over a year ago:


    John Cody? Navy Veterans scam's Bobby Thompson? Jailed fugitive remains a mystery
    By Kris Hundley and John Martin, Times Staff Writers
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:30am

    "On Mother's Day in May 1984, a young lawyer in Arizona named John Donald Cody sent flowers to his mom in Clearwater.

    Then he vanished.

    Sought by the FBI for stealing and suspected espionage, Cody became a phantom who eluded capture for nearly three decades."

    Much, much more ...

  3. #3
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    Aug 2003
    Left Coast USA
    Man who bilked millions in Navy charity scam gets 28 years
    By CNN Staff
    updated 1:38 PM EST, Mon December 16, 2013

    "(CNN) -- A man convicted of running a charity scam that stole millions of dollars intended for Navy veterans was sentenced in an Ohio courtroom Monday to 28 years in prison, the Ohio attorney general's office said.

    The man, who calls himself Bobby Thompson -- but who authorities say is lawyer and former Army Capt. John Donald Cody -- also was ordered to pay more than $6 million in fines and more than $330,000 to cover court and prosecution costs, said Ronald Brown, bailiff at the Cuyahoga County court."


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