Saturday, October 12, 2013

First Conviction in Florida Veterans 'charity' Scam

"he was the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in a in a sprawling statewide gambling investigation that led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll in March"

"If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

While those still sent into Afghanistan wind down that occupation, into 13years now, as they try and complete at least some of the main missions abandoned, with cheers from those served, so long ago quickly after 9/11 and with many serving in both theaters, Afghanistan and Iraq, on numerous tours!

Lawyer convicted of racketeering in scam Florida 'charity' for veterans
12 October 2013 - A Florida lawyer was convicted of racketeering Friday night for his role in setting up a $300 million network of illegal casinos that posed as a charity for veterans.

Kelly Mathis, 50, of Jacksonville, who was convicted in Seminole County Circuit Court in Sanford, was the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in a in a sprawling statewide gambling investigation that led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll in March.

Carroll, a Republican who in 2010 became the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in Florida, had been a public relations consultant to the organization and was questioned but never charged. read more>>>

RM: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before 9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway. How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free? Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013


Judge blocks Boehner, DeWine subpoenas

Which were attempted to be issued in this case below as to the political contribution's from Cody. In Virginia he managed to get a law passed, before as the scam was just being discovered, to make it easier in that state to play his con. The present first term AG, running for governor now, received a big contribution then held onto it for months while other states had started a nation, and world, wide man hunt for this Cody who was still only known under his fake name 'Bobby Thompson'!

Bobby Thompson trial spotlights part of his past life as John Cody, and subsequent charity claims
October 10, 2013 - A voice from Bobby Thompson's distant past was heard Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court during his trial on charges of running a national veterans charity scam that duped donors out of more than $100 million from 2002-10.

Authorities say that Thompson is a stolen identity used by John Donald Cody to set up the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) nearly 20 years after he disappeared from his law practice in Sierra Vista, Ariz., in 1984.

Cody is wanted by the FBI in an espionage investigation, and faces federal fraud charges in Virginia, according to the prosecution in this case. read more>>>

"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility

And as to the honest Charities that aren't politically attached nor working an agenda of personal wealth and political ideology, just like those who serve the whole country:

Statement by George Little on Death Gratuity Payments
October 11, 2013 - Today, senior DoD leaders consulted with the leadership of the Fisher House Foundation on moving forward with providing death benefits to the families of fallen service members.

Now that Congress has enacted legislation permitting DoD to provide families these benefits directly during the government shutdown, DoD is moving expeditiously to pay each family the $100,000 death gratuity they are owed. These payments were initiated today and the families will receive them early next week, when their banks reopen for business. In addition, Fisher House Foundation will donate $25,000 to each of these families from its own funds.

Secretary Hagel greatly appreciates the generosity of the Fisher House Foundation, as well as other groups which have stepped forward to help these families in their time of need. With Congress no longer preventing DoD from making these payments to the families directly, he is pleased that DoD will be able to fulfill its responsibilities to the families of the fallen. The Secretary remains deeply concerned about the disruptive impact the ongoing shutdown is having on Departmental operations, and continues to urge Congress to restore funding to the entire federal government.

1 comment:

Desert Sea said...

It really irritites me when people try to take advantage of our Veterans.