Navy Charity Mastermind Goes to Prison

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Fraudulent US Navy Veterans Association Mastermind Goes to Prison

Posted on December 16, 2013

Bobby Thompson, the face of the fraudulent U.S Navy Veterans Association charity was sentenced to 28 years in prison by the State of Ohio.  Bobby Thompson is a false name.  His real name is John Donald Cody, a former Army Captain.   The charity reportedly raised $100 million from donors over the years to help veterans.

US Navy Veterans Charity Thompson Arrest Photo

In 2010 the St. Petersburg Times, now known as Tampa Bay Times, began investigating the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.  Their news stories sparked further inquiries into the legitimacy of this organization.  As the law enforcement inquires mounted, John Donald Cody fled and was on the run from law enforcement.  After a two year search, John Donald Cody was located in Oregon.

He was brought to trial in Ohio and found guilty for multiple offenses ranging from engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, racketeering, money laundering, records tampering, theft and identity theft.

For his role in the fraudulent charity, the court sentenced John Donald Cody to 28 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $6 million in fines plus $300,000 in court costs and prosecution fees.

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