Feds: $100M scam suspect in Ohio ID'd as attorney

Authorities in Ohio say a former fugitive suspected of running a $100 million cross-country scam collecting donations for Navy veterans is actually a Harvard-trained attorney.
Associated Press
Oct 1, 2012

 

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott in Cleveland said Monday that the man who identified himself as Bobby Thompson is really 65-year-old John Donald Cody.

He has been wanted on unrelated fraud charges since 1987. His true identity was uncovered through 1969 military fingerprints that didn't make it into the national crime system.

He is jailed awaiting trial on charges of defrauding donors in 41 states of up to $100 million through a bogus Florida-based charity.

He was arrested in Portland, Ore., in May and has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Joseph Patituce, says Ohio has a weak case against his client.

 

Comments

Darwin's choice

Wow ! Just like another "Harvard" law grad thats pilfering money from people !!

The Big Dog's back

You mean just like Rmoney?

Darwin's choice

No, Big Dog, the one in the white house.......that you completely ignore the failures of.........solyndra etc. billions out the window, and you blather on about Romney!

grandmasgirl

This is why I only give to people that I know personally who are having a hard time with life. I am sure that this man isn't the only one stealing from the public.