Nov. 14, 2013 - An Ohio Jury convicted mysterious mustachioed man John Donald Cody, also known as Bobby Thompson, today for masterminding a $100 million charity scam that preyed on people's sympathy for American military veterans.
As Judge Steven E. Gall read the first the guilty verdicts on 23 charges against Cody, a sheriff's deputy stepped behind him and placed him in handcuffs. Cody stood stone faced as each count was read.
The charges of theft, fraud, money laundering and the use of false identities stemmed from Cody's stewardship of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, which raised millions, but when examined by authorities, offered little proof that money was used to assist veterans.
After the scheme fell apart, Cody, who had identified himself as a retired lieutenant commander named Bobby Thompson, went on the run for two years and was ultimately captured in Oregon. But even after his arrest, Cody refused to confirm his real name, going so far as to sign his name "Mr. X" on court papers.
Now, Cody, 66, faces a sentence of at least 10 years in prison, and possible as many as 80 years. Sentencing for the defendant is expected to take place next month. read more>>>