CLEVELAND — A mysterious figure convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country United States Navy Veterans Association charity fraud out of Tampa 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 today.
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 defense has requested a new trial.
Thompson was convicted Nov. 14 of racketeering, theft, money laundering and 12 counts of identity theft.
The fraud, brought to light by a Tampa Bay Times investigation in 2010, occurred in 41 states, according to trial testimony.