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NAVY VETS-SCAM CHARGES
Jury chosen in Cleveland trial of man charged in $100M Navy veterans scam with Florida charity
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:21 AM EDT
A jury has been selected in the Cleveland trial of a onetime fugitive charged in a $100 million multistate fraud under the guise of helping Navy veterans.
The 67-year-old defendant calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities identify him as lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody. He's charged with defrauding donors to a reputed charity, the United States Navy Veterans Association based in Tampa, Fla.
He could face 40 years in prison if convicted. The judge said he'd consider a much shorter sentence if the defendant pleaded guilty, but that offer wasn't immediately accepted and the trial moved forward.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com