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Ohio AG pledges to try to recover more money stolen by Bobby Thompson
Thompson collected money in the name of his U.S. Navy Veterans Association, and DeWine says the money should go to veterans causes
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Cody's appearance disintegrated during the trial, as did his behavior.
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The man who fleeced people out of $100 million in the name of a veterans charity has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Today, Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Steven Gall sentenced the man who went by the name of Bobby Thompson for racketeering, money laundering, theft, and identity theft. He’s also been ordered to pay a $6 million fine, and to be placed into solitary confinement every Veterans Day. 

Thompson is really 67-year-old John Donald Cody. And he’s accused of collecting money nationwide in the name of his U.S. Navy Veterans Association. He disappeared in 2010 and was caught on the West Coast two years later with nearly $1 million in a storage locker.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his staff will try to recover the rest of the money and make sure it goes to veterans. 

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“Americans are very charitable.  They want to help their fellow man, they certainly always want to help their veterans.  The fact you’ve a scam artist out there who was able to scam people in Ohio of over 2-million dollars…and it shakes people’s faith in any legitimate group that calls.”
Cody presented no witnesses of his own during the trial, and his behavior and appearance became increasingly bizarre. He’s expected to ask for a new trial.

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