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Ohio seeks 41 years for Navy vets charity scammer

Bobby Thompson, who authorities have identified as Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, will be sentenced today after being convicted in Cleveland of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud out of Tampa. Ohio, the first state to indict him, asked the judge for a sentence of 41 years in prison and a fine of $6.3 million.

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Bobby Thompson, who authorities have identified as Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, will be sentenced today after being convicted in Cleveland of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud out of Tampa. Ohio, the first state to indict him, asked the judge for a sentence of 41 years in prison and a fine of $6.3 million.

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.

Ohio seeks 41 years for Navy vets charity scammer 12/15/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 10:27pm]
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