U.S. Marshals ID Man Accused Of Stealing Millions Donated To Veterans


UPDATED: Monday October 1, 2012 11:16 AM

Investigators have finally identified the man accused of stealing millions of dollars that were donated to U.S. veterans.

The man, known as "Bobby Thompson" for years, has a history of assuming aliases and altering his appearance as he fled from authorities. Investigators seized nearly $1 million he kept in a storage locker during his April 30 arrest.

An investigation led authorities to identify "Thompson" as John Donald Cody.

Cody was indicted under the false name "Thompson" in Ohio in 2010 on theft, money laundering, and other charges related to the Florida-based charity called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.

The fake charity was estimated to have received close to $100 million in nationwide donations.

Investigators with the IRS and U.S. Marshals service had been searching for Cody, 62, since May 1987 for multiple fraud charges. He was also wanted for questioning in connection with an espionage investigation.

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