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Defendant testimony delayed in Ohio fraud case



Published: Wed, November 6, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Expected testimony by a onetime fugitive charged in a suspected $100 million charity fraud has been delayed in Cleveland.

Testimony by the defendant identifying himself as Bobby Thompson was expected as early as today, but court was called off until next Tuesday because the defense attorney’s wife went into labor.

The defendant ran the United States Navy Veterans Association of Tampa, Fla.

Authorities identify him as 67-year-old John Donald Cody. He’s been described as a Harvard-trained attorney and former military intelligence officer.

The prosecution began calling witnesses Oct. 7 and wrapped up its case Tuesday.

The defendant was indicted in 2010 and disappeared for almost two years. He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., where authorities found fake IDs and a suitcase containing $980,000.


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