Ohio jury gets case in $100M charity fraud trial
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:00

CLEVELAND (AP) — Deliberations have begun in the Ohio trial of the alleged mastermind of a $100 million cross-country veterans charity fraud.

The Cleveland jury got the case Wednesday afternoon after the defense declined to make a closing argument, skipping a chance to argue against conviction. The defense attorney called it a strategic decision.

The defendant didn't testify and his attorney didn't call any witnesses.

The defendant identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson, but prosecutor Brad Tammaro told jurors he's really Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody.

The defendant was charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran from Tampa, Fla. The charges include racketeering, money laundering, theft and identity theft.

Authorities believe the defendant defrauded donors of up to $100 million in 41 states.


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