'Bobby Thompson' convicted

Defendant collected nearly $2 million of Ohioans' money and tens of millions from residents in 40 other states who thought they were donating to military veterans.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 21, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement after a Cuyahoga County jury convicted John Donald Cody, also known as 'Bobby Thompson,'  on 23 charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, identity fraud, and complicity to money laundering and theft.

"After weeks of testimony by dozens prosecution witnesses, the defense rested without calling anyone to the stand because there is no defense for the scam that John Donald Cody pulled on Americans in the name of our country's veterans," said Attorney General DeWine.  "I thank the jury for their time and attention during this lengthy, complex trial."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office spent years investigating Cody, who is believed to have collected nearly $2 million of Ohioans' money and tens of millions from residents in 40 other states who thought they were donating to military veterans via Cody's fraudulent U.S. Navy Veterans Association.

Prosecutors with the Ohio Attorney General's Organized Crime Investigations Commission prosecuted the case.  Cody will be sentenced on December 16. He faces up to 66 years in prison.