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Ohio seeks 41 years for Navy vets charity scammer

CLEVELAND (AP) -

A mysterious figure convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud faces sentencing in Cleveland.

The Ohio attorney general's office handled his trial and has asked the judge for a 41-year sentence and $6 million fine at Monday's sentencing.

The defendant identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson, but authorities say he's Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody.

The defense has asked for a new trial. His lawyer has said he may base an appeal on the issue of ineffective legal representation involving limited preparation time and the defendant's erratic cooperation.

Thompson was convicted last month of racketeering, theft, money laundering and identity theft.

He was charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa, Fla. He was arrested in Portland, Ore.


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