A bogus Navy charity run by a mysterious man the media call “Mr. X” resulted in his arrest for stealing over $100 million from veterans. Mr. X has been charged as Bobby Thompson, and the FBI says he’s really named John Donald Cody, but the crazy part is that authorities aren’t even sure if that’s his real name.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, every Christmas holiday season brings not only joy and good spirit, but Christmas internet scams.
The tale of John Donald Cody is a strange one. Prosecutors claim Mr. X, Mr. Cody, Mr. Thompson, or whatever his real name is, ran a Florida-based bogus Navy charity called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA). He even attended fundraisers with former President George W. Bush and other well-known Senators.
Over a period of years the defendant collected around $100 million from Veterans only to disappear in 2010. The money disappeared as well, which led to the US marshals tracking him down. But while they found their man the money is still nowhere to be found.
So Ohio officials charged Bobby Thompson of operating a bogus Navy charity in order to defraud veterans of millions. While he was apparently assigned an attorney, Mr. X was planning on defending himself in front of the jury and it was said “Cody would explain how the charity was part of a secret, CIA-blessed operation.”
Instead, the judge had in the trial had to order John Donald Cody forcibly extracted from his jail cell because Mr. X would not testify as scheduled because he feared he “would not be able to survive” spilling his guts on the secrets behind the alleged CIA conspiracy theory. So instead of hearing the fully story of Mr. X the lawyers proceeded to final arguments.
Prosecutor Brad Tammaro of the Ohio Attorney General’s office says the bogus Navy charity trial boils down to one simple argument:
“A man that had no other source of income, had no job, no nothing … and as soon as questions are asked, he disappears with a suitcase? If I don’t have a job other than as a trustee for this charity, and then I end up with a million dollars in a suitcase somewhere, there’s the conclusion right there.”
The jury apparently agreed with the prosecution that the case was simple since they reached a verdict after only three hours of deliberation. The verdict of guilty was read off this morning, convicting Mr. Cody on all 23 counts, which includes racketeering, theft, money laundering and other charges. He faces up to 67 years in prison at his sentencing, which has been set for December 16.
What do you think about John Donald Cody? Was the bogus Navy charity trial as “simple” as argued or should the claims of a CIA conspiracy theory behind the U.S. Navy Veterans Association been investigated?