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 - NewsChannel5's investigators have uncovered new details about John Donald Cody, the accused con man who called himself "Bobby Thompson."
Cody was disbarred by the Arizona Supreme Court on July 26, 1985, according to the State Bar of Arizona. State court records say Cody "withdrew $100,000 from clients' trust accounts" and "disappeared" in May 1984.
At the time, Cody had his own law practice in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Cody, 65, was wanted by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Marshals since 1987 for several fraudulent charges.
Monday morning, the U.S. Marshals, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, positively identified "Bobby Thompson" as cold case fugitive Cody. Cody is also wanted for questioning by the FBI in connection to an ongoing espionage investigation.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot was largely responsible for making the connection, after conducting many Google searches for cold case fugitives with ties to the military, and found a picture of Cody. After receiving a copy of Cody's fingerprints from the FBI, he was able to confirm a match.
"Bobby Thompson" has been accused of stealing millions of dollars donated for the sole purpose of aiding U.S. veterans. "Thompson," which was just one of many aliases, was on the run for several years. He was also known to alter his appearance often.
"Thompson" was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Portland Ore., and brought back to Ohio to face charges. After his arrest, authorities seized nearly $1 million that "Thompson" had locked in a storage locker.
A man charged in a suspected $100 million Navy charity fraud showed off his political connections through souvenir mugs featuring photos of himself with former President George W. Bush, a witness testified Wednesday.
Lawyers for the state of Ohio have detailed for jurors their case against a man charged with masterminding a $100 million multistate fraud under the guise of helping Navy veterans.
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.
A onetime fugitive charged in a $100 million multistate fraud under the guise of helping Navy veterans went on trial Monday after losing a bid to subpoena U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other leading Ohio politicians.
A trial date has been set for the man accused of bilking millions of dollars via a phony Navy veterans association.
NewsChannel5's investigators tracked down and spoke to a former friend of John Donald Cody, the accused scammer who posed as "Bobby Thompson" for years.
NewsChannel5's investigators have uncovered new information about John Donald Cody, the accused con man who called himself "Bobby Thompson."
The U.S. Marshals Office has revealed the true identity of former fugitive and Cuyahoga County Inmate Bobby Thompson.
Bobby Thompson has his motion to dismiss charges, in connection with a national veterans charity scam, denied.