Jury chosen in Navy vets scam suspect Bobby Thompson's Ohio trial

CLEVELAND - 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 Plain Dealer reports 10 women and two men were chosen Tuesday, along with four alternates. They're expected to hear opening statements and witness testimony starting Monday.

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.

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