Ohio defendant set to testify in $100M fraud case
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:28

CLEVELAND (AP) — It appears jurors in a Cleveland trial will get to hear directly from a onetime fugitive charged in a suspected $100 million charity fraud.

The defense has signaled that the defendant identifying himself as Bobby Thompson will testify. His appearance on the witness stand could come Wednesday.

The defendant ran the United States Navy Veterans Association of Tampa, Fla.

Authorities identify him as 67-year-old John Donald Cody. He's been described as a Harvard-trained attorney and former military intelligence officer.

The prosecution began calling witnesses Oct. 7.

The defendant was indicted in 2010 and disappeared for almost two years. He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., where agents and deputy marshals found fake IDs and a suitcase containing $980,000 in cash.

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