CLEVELAND (AP) — A one-time fugitive is headed to trial in Cleveland on charges of masterminding a $100 million multi-state fraud on the guise of helping Navy veterans.
The defendant going on trial Monday calls himself Bobby Thompson. But authorities identified him as Harvard-trained lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody.
He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., after two years on the run.
He's charged with defrauding people who donated to a reputed charity for Navy veterans, the United States Navy Veterans Association based in Tampa, Fla.
The alleged fraud spanned 41 states, including up to $2 million in Ohio. Authorities say little, if any, of the money collected by the charity was used to benefit veterans.