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Bobby Thompson speaks Monday during his sentencing on racketeering, theft and money laundering charges. Thompson, whose real name is John Donald Cody, complained about alleged abusive treatment by jailers while locked up during the trial. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison for defrauding donors of up to $100 million in 41 states through the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa. Associated Press

Bobby Thompson sentenced to 28 years in Navy Veterans charity scam

Ohio's case against Bobby Thompson came to a close Monday with a judge in Cleveland handing a 28-year sentence to the man convicted of running a nationwide charity scam from an Ybor City duplex. As a special punishment, the judge ordered that the mastermind behind the fraudulent U.S. Navy Veterans Association spend …

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Curious about its donations to local political figures, reporter Jeff Testerman and researcher John Martin began trying to unravel the mystery behind the Navy Veterans charity. In a six-month investigation, the Times could find only one officer in the entire organization, and the nonprofit declined to reveal where its millions of dollars of income went. Its headquarters: a dilapidated duplex in Ybor City.



Charity leader's sideline: politics

IRS-approved charities are not supposed to show partisanship nor endorse politicians. Yet Bobby Thompson, the head of Navy Veterans Association, raised thousands of dollars through a political action commmittee associated with Navy Veterans, all the while hobnobbing with politicans from George W. Bush to Charlie Crist to Pam Iorio.



  1. CNBC's 'American Greed' to focus on U.S. Navy Veterans swindler Bobby Thompson

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    This week's episode of CNBC's true crime series American Greed (about "the dark side of the American Dream") features swindler Bobby Thompson, who was found guilty last year of running a nationwide charity scam, the fraudulent U.S. Navy Veterans Association, from an Ybor City duplex. The episode airs at 10 p.m. …

  2. Ex-Navy Veterans charity aide suspended from practicing law

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    Karmika V. Rubin, former executive assistant and special counsel to Bobby Thompson and the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, has been suspended from practicing law in Florida.

    Karmika Rubin worked for the sham charity Navy Veterans of Tampa as an assistant and counsel.
  3. Bobby Thompson sentenced to 28 years in Navy Veterans charity scam

    Business

    Ohio's case against Bobby Thompson came to a close Monday with a judge in Cleveland handing a 28-year sentence to the man convicted of running a nationwide charity scam from an Ybor City duplex.

    Bobby Thompson speaks Monday during his sentencing on racketeering, theft and money laundering charges. Thompson, whose real name is John Donald Cody, complained about alleged abusive treatment by jailers while locked up during the trial. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison for defrauding donors of up to $100 million in 41 states through the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa.
  4. U.S. Navy Veterans Association charity fraud trial ends with Bobby Thompson guilty on all counts

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    CLEVELAND — He claimed to be a retired Naval commander and raised more than $100 million from generous Americans for his charity in Tampa.

    Bobby Thompson, the Harvard-trained attorney also known as John Donald Cody who ran the suspect U.S. Navy Veterans Association charity from an office in Tampa's Ybor City, was found guilty of fraud Thursday morning.
  5. Verdict in Bobby Thompson fraud trial to be announced at 9 a.m. Thursday

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    CLEVELAND — It took the jury only three hours to decide Bobby Thompson's fate.

  6. Defense: Navy Vets didn't control all money raised, as its telemarketer had claimed

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    CLEVELAND — The first week of the trial of Bobby Thompson elicited plenty of damaging testimony about the founder of the Tampa charity known as the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.

    Bobby Thompson smiled when a fundraiser said Navy Vets didn’t control much of the money raised.
  7. Bobby Thompson wanted telemarketers to avoid scrutiny for his charity

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    CLEVELAND — A former telemarketer for U.S. Navy Veterans Association testified Wednesday that the man who ran the Tampa charity put unusual conditions on fundraising in some states.

    Bobby Thompson, also known according to authorities as Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, sits in a courtroom Tuesday at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland. Thompson is charged with defrauding donors to a reputed charity, the United States Navy Veterans Association, based in Tampa. He could face 40 years in prison if convicted.
Bobby Thompson was taken into custody Monday evening in Porland, Oregon.  Thompson is the alleged mastermind behind a massive sham veterans' charity that bilked the public of millions of dollars. He is in federal custody this morning.  Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Photo gallery: U.S. Navy Veterans Scam

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