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U.S. Navy Veterans Association founder is heading to prison for 28 years
John Donald Cody, known as Bobby Thompson is also fined $6 million
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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A Cuyahoga County judge has sentenced the man that politicians and big donors nationwide knew as Bobby Thompson to 28 years in prison for stealing nearly $100 million.

Thompson is really John Donald Cody. He collected money in the name of his charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, for nearly 10 years, then disappeared following a Florida newspaper expose.

He’s 67, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his sentence amounts to essentially life in prison. The judge also ordered restitution.

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“We have been able to recover about a million dollars from Bobby Thompson. In fact, when our agents went out on the West Coast to arrest him, he had about a million dollars of cold cash in a suitcase so what we are going to do is use this money and give it to veterans.” 

The judge has also fined Thompson more than six million dollars and ordered him to pay more than $330,000 to the Ohio Attorney General’s office for investigation and prosecution costs.

 

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