Mysterious scammer Bobby Thompson sentenced to 28 years, $6 million for Navy vets fraud case

CLEVELAND - The mysterious man found guilty in a $100 million fraud case has been sentenced to 28 years in prison and fined more than $6 million.

Authorities identified him as John Donald Cody using military fingerprint records but the 67-year-old calls himself Bobby Thompson. 

He was found guilty of racketeering, theft, money laundering and other charges in a fraud case involving a Florida-based Navy veterans charity Thompson ran.

After being indicted in 2010, he disappeared for nearly two years before he was arrested in Portland, Oregon with fake IDs and a suitcase stuffed with cash totaling nearly $1 million. 

Records show the defendant showered politicians with donations but the judge rejected a defense request to subpoena testimony from recipients, including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.


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