A jury reached a verdict in the case against the alleged mastermind of a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud and will announce its decision Thursday morning.
CLEVELAND - A trial date has been set for the man accused of bilking millions of dollars via a phony Navy veterans association.
Bobby Thompson, also identified as federal fugitive John Donald Cody, is accused of being the mastermind behind the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. The alleged charity scam collected tens of millions of dollars across 40 states and more than two million from Ohio residents who believed they were coming to the aid of veterans.
Thompson has a law degree from Harvard University and will act as his own attorney in the trial that is now set for Sept. 30.
In a hearing Monday morning in front of Judge Steven Gall in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Thompson said he was working eight hours a day going through 600,000 pages of evidence provided to him by the state. That work load has not prevented Thompson from flooding the court with countless motions -- so many that it appeared he was having trouble remembering what many were about.
Both sides indicated they are open to a plea deal, although one is not expected any time soon.
Thompson will be back in court for a hearing on Aug. 26.
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