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Mastermind of $100M navy charity scam facing sentencing in Ohio

In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 photo shows Bobby Thompson, who authorities have identified as Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, in court in Cleveland. Thompson, convicted in Cleveland of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud, faces sentencing Monday. Thompson was convicted last month of racketeering, theft, money laundering and identity theft. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 15, 2013 - 11:09 PM

CLEVELAND - A determined fundraiser who rubbed elbows with powerful politicians while masterminding a $100 million, cross-country navy veterans charity fraud could face the rest of his life in prison at his sentencing in Ohio.

A judge in Cleveland has scheduled sentencing for Monday morning for the defendant who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson.

Authorities say he is actually Harvard-trained lawyer John Cody.

The state is seeking a 41-year sentence and $6 million fine for Thompson. The defence has asked for a new trial and has questioned the defendant's mental state.

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 last year in Portland, Ore.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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