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  • The Life of 'Con Man' Bobby Thompson

    On Oct. 1, 2012, federal authorities announced that they believed the suspect they had in custody for running an alleged charity scam under the name Bobby Thompson is actually John Donald Cody, a Harvard Law grad and former military intelligence officer.
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  • Bobby Thompson

    After two years on the run, the alleged charity scammer known as 'Bobby Thompson' was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Portland, Oregon on April 30. 'Thompson' is charged with running a fake charity for Navy veterans and bilking donors out of as much $100 million. But authorities still don't know his true identity.
    Multnomah County Sheriff's Dept./U.S. Marshals
  • Bobby Thompson

    After his arrest, Thompson said, "It's my right under the U.S. Constitution not to make any statements," and then refused to speak further. When presented with documents, he signed his name with an X.
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  • Bobby Thompson

    At his arraignment on May 8, Thompson said he wanted to act as his own attorney, but still refused to reveal his true identity. "If he wants to go by the name 'Mr. X,' we'll prosecute him as 'Mr. X,' " said a prosecutor.
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  • Bobby Thompson

    Thompson was arrested after coming out of a bar in Portland. He had been staying in a rented room in this house. He was extradited to Ohio, where he faces charges of fraud, money laundering and identity theft.
    Courtesy US Marshals
  • Bobby Thompson

    Thompson had multiple IDs when he was arrested, including licenses from several states, a Social Security card, and a resident alien card.
    Courtesy US Marshals
  • Bobby Thompson

    Thompson had rented a storage locker under the name Alan Lacey, the same name used on many of his documents.
    Courtesy US Marshals
  • Bobby Thompson

    "Thompson"'s storage locker contained birth certificates, lists of Social Security numbers and other public records that authorities believe were intended to help him manufacture identities. It also contained two suitcases.
    Courtesy US Marshals
  • Bobby Thompson

    The suitcases contained $1 million in cash.
    Courtesy US Marshals
  • The Con Man and the Politicians

    Prior to Thompson's arrest, the last known images of the fugitive came from security footage taken at a New York City ATM on June 16, 2010.
    Office of the Ohio Attorney General
  • The Con Man and the Politicians

    Thompson is seen taking money out of an ATM three months after a St. Petersburg Times report fingered him as the man behind the apparently fictitious charity called Navy Veterans Association.
    Office of the Ohio Attorney General
  • The Con Man and the Politicians

    The Ohio Attorney General's office filed charges of money laundering, fraud and identity theft against 'Bobby Thompson' in 2010, accusing him of bilking Ohio residents out of $2 million between 2005 and 2010.
    Office of the Ohio Attorney General
  • Blanca Contreras, listed as an officer of the US Navy Veterans Association, was arrested at the Charlotte, North Carolina airport after an Ohio grand jury indicted Contreras and Bobby Thompson for money laundering and theft.

    Blanca Contreras, listed as an officer of the US Navy Veterans Association, was arrested at the Charlotte, North Carolina airport after an Ohio grand jury indicted Contreras and Bobby Thompson for money laundering, operating an illicit enterprise and theft. Contreras pleaded guilty.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Thompson contributed to the campaign of Rep. Adam Putnam, R.-Fla., seen here with Thompson.

    Thompson contributed to the campaign of Rep. Adam Putnam, R.-Fla., seen here with Thompson, and to the campaign of current Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. The Florida Attorney General's office is now investigating the US Navy Veterans Association, as is the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Putnam won election as the state's Agriculture Commissioner in 2010.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Thompson with former New York City mayor and Rudy Giuliani. Most of the candidates who are aware of receiving contributions from Thompson and his group, including Giuliani, have returned them.

    Thompson with former New York City mayor and 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Thompson made repeated contributions to Giuliani's presidential run. Most of the candidates who are aware of receiving contributions from Thompson and his group, including Giuliani, have returned them.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Thompson, whose real name and identity are unknown, used the money collected by his charitable group to make donations to prominent politicians, nearly all of them Republicans. Here he is with Rep. John Boehner, R.-Ohio, the next Speaker of the House.

    Thompson, whose real name and identity are unknown, used the money collected by his charitable group to make donations to prominent politicians, nearly all of them Republicans. Here he is with Rep. John Boehner, R.-Ohio, now Speaker of the House.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Thompson with former White House senior advisor Karl Rove.

    Bobby Thompson with former White House senior advisor Karl Rove. Authorities say the man calling himself Thompson has also used the identity Ronnie Brittain.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Thompson with former President George W. Bush. Thompson formed a Navy Veterans political action committee, NAVPAC, with himself as treasurer, in 1999. He applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status for the US Navy Veterans Association in 2002.

    Thompson with former President George W. Bush. Thompson formed a Navy Veterans political action committee, NAVPAC, with himself as treasurer, in 1999. He applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status for the US Navy Veterans Association in 2002.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Bobby Thompson with former President Bush.

    Bobby Thompson with former President Bush.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Thompson with 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R.-Arizona. By the end of 2008, the US Navy Veterans Association was reporting annual revenues in excess of $4.2 million.

    Thompson with 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R.-Arizona. By the end of 2008, the US Navy Veterans Association was reporting annual revenues in excess of $4.2 million.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • Ohio's attorney general has filed charges against a man going by the name of Bobby Thompson, who ran a charity called the US Navy Veterans Association, which has pulled in over $100 million in contributions in the past eight years.

    Ohio's attorney general filed charges against Bobby Thompson in 2010. Before U.S. Marshals arrested him on April 30, 2012, they had tracked him to Arizona, Rhode Island, and Boston, where he had allegedly attempted to start another charity. Authorities say that 90 percent of the $100 million collected by the Navy Veterans Association remains unaccounted for.
    Ohio Attorney General
  • The US Navy Veterans Association listed an address in Las Cruces, New Mexico as the address of one of the organization's officers. The New Mexico Attorney General's office found that the address was actually a Starbuck's.

    The US Navy Veterans Association listed an address in Las Cruces, New Mexico as the address of one of the organization's officers. The New Mexico Attorney General's office found that the address was actually a Starbuck's. Another address in Las Cruces that supposedly belonged to an officer of the organization was a parking lot.
    New Mexico Attorney General
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