News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Akron Children's Hospital

Levin Furniture

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime

Ohio AG: Much of Navy Vets scam money will never be recovered
Professional fundraisers got most themoney

Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
The man known Bobby Thompson for a decade is expected to push for a new trial based, in part, on his behavior at the last one.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine acknowledges most of the $100 million the man known as Bobby Thompson raised in the name of helping veterans will never be recovered. 

But DeWine insists what is recovered will be redirected toward vets. 

A Cuyahoga County judge sentenced Thompson -- whose real name is John Donald Cody -- today to 28 years in prison for fraud, money laundering and theft. From 2002 through 2010, he collected money through a charity called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. DeWine says many of the donations were small, but added up.

LISTEN: DeWine donations added up

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:25)

“Most the people who gave money gave it in 10, 15, 20, 30 40 dollar increments. So these were just average Ohioans who got a call. We estimate that about $2 million came out of the state of Ohio. We are not sure frankly how much came out of the rest of the country but we know it’s in the tens of millions of dollars.”

More than 80 percent of the money went to professional fundraisers, so it cannot be recovered under state law.  Cody is expected to ask for a new trial. He presented no witnesses at his first trial, and his appearance and behavior became increasingly bizarre. 

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

New options in Ohio for secular wedding ceremonies
Hello Mike, I support this action. I was not previously aware of the difficulty couples may encounter in locating officials to serve in their non-religious mar...

Northeast Ohio prepares for the next refugees -- whoever they may be
What a better place to place refugees than in the Midwest cities that have a steady population decline. These refugees will bring much to the culture and the ec...

Charter reform bill includes controversial change for some teachers
I work for a former White Hat charter school; it was sold to another (for-profit) company this past summer and we were told that they would not pay into STRS/PE...

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University