CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor in Ohio says a former fugitive accused of operating a $100 million cross-country scam stole millions through ATM cash withdrawals and checks to himself.
Testimony began Monday in Cleveland in the trial of a 67-year-old defendant who calls himself Bobby Thompson. Authorities identify him as Harvard-trained lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody
A state prosecutor told a jury that the defendant was the mastermind of the alleged scam.
He says nearly $3 million was donated by people in Ohio to the charity and that money is now gone.
A court-appointed defense attorney says the defendant's work was legal and followed federal regulations governing charities.
The defendant disappeared for almost two years after his 2010 indictment and was arrested last year in Portland, Ore.,