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NAVY VETS-SCAM CHARGES
Ohio trial begins for man accused of nationwide $100M Navy vets scam with Fla.-based charity
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
A onetime fugitive charged in a $100 million multistate fraud under the guise of helping Navy veterans is going on trial after losing a bid to subpoena U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other leading Ohio politicians.
He calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities have identified him as lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody.
The 67-year-old Thompson was dressed in a suit and tie Monday and passed notes to his attorney during final motions. Jury selection began afterward.
He is charged with defrauding people who donated to a reputed charity for Navy veterans, the United States Navy Veterans Association based in Tampa, Fla.