Man Accused in $100M Navy Charity Fraud

by Karl Utermohlen | October 7, 2013 12:50 pm

Man Accused in $100M Navy Charity Fraud

A trial is set to begin on Monday regarding the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) — a charity that is being accused of being nothing more than a big scam.

Reuters reports that prosecutors from the state of Ohio[1] are suing 67-year-old Bobby Thompson for identity fraud after he allegedly used other aliases. He could also be charged with complicity to money laundering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity after an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office showed that Thompson’s charity could be a scam.

The prosecutors say that of the tens of millions of dollars that Thompson raised, most of it did not go to members of the military. The investigation revealed that Thompson is actually John Donald Cody, a former member of the U.S. Army’s military intelligence and a lawyer who went to Harvard. Cody’s been wanted by the FBI since 1987 as part of an “ongoing espionage investigation.”

Thompson’s attorney said that there is no evidence of corruption or theft and his client has not violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Endnotes:
  1. Reuters reports that prosecutors from the state of Ohio: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-ohio-crime-charity-idUSBRE99601420131007

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