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Cleveland jury convicts "Bobby Thompson" on all counts in charity swindle
Head of charity and big GOP donor is expected to appeal
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Thompson stands with his attorney to hear the verdict.
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A Cleveland jury has found Bobby Thompson guilty on all charges for running a fake Navy veteran’s charity and siphoning off $100 million.

After about three-hours of deliberations on Wednesday, the jury’s verdict was announced this morning. Thompson was convicted on all 23 counts including money laundering, identity fraud, theft and record tampering.

Thompson, a Harvard-trained attorney who’s real name is John Cody, was defending himself in the beginning of the trial. But about a month ago, attorney Joseph Patituce took over the defense. After the verdict, Patituce said it was hard to build a defense in that length of time.

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In 2001, Thompson started the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, and collected as much as $100 million from donors in Ohio and 40 other states. 

He disappeared in 2010, but was captured last year in Oregon. The 67-year-old is facing up to 80 years in prison. He is expected to appeal. 

Patituce has asked for a psychological evaluation of Thompson before he is sentenced Dec. 16.  

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