Is Major GOP Donor Who Scammed Millions With Phony Veterans Group Actually A Military Spy?
Authorities revealed today that they believe “Bobby Thompson,” the man accused of using a fake veterans charity to swindle more than $100 million and to rub shoulders with top-level Republicans, is actually a former military intelligence officer named John Donald Cody.
The man known as Thompson was nabbed in Ohio in May. At the time, he was accused of being the mastermind behind the fake charity U.S. Navy Veterans Association that swindled more than $100 million from unsuspecting donors, as detailed in an ABC News investigation. Prosecutors charged Thompson with identity theft, fraud, and money laundering.
To help enhance the charity’s credibility, Thompson allegedly used some of the money to make large campaign contributions to prominent politicians, most of them Republicans, including President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, and Ohio Rep. John Boehner, now Speaker of the House. He attended events with the political figures, and posed proudly for now infamous photos with them.
Here is my favorite of the “infamous photos”:
Here is one of the hundreds of stories that started appearing about 2 years ago when the charity scam first unraveled. abcnews.go.com
This guy is definitely a modern day Frank Abagnale (of Catch Me If You Can fame), only arguably MUCH more pernicious.