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Fraudster on trial for $100-million Navy scam

(FOXNEWS) — A former fugitive accused of masterminding a $100 million multi-state fraud scheme under the guise of helping Navy veterans is on trial in Cleveland.

The defendant in court on Monday after two years on the run calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities have identified him as Harvard-trained lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody.

Cody, 67, who was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., is charged with defrauding people who donated to a reputed charity for Navy veterans, the United States Navy Veterans Association based in Tampa, Fla.

The alleged scheme spanned 41 states and authorities said little — if any — of the money collected by the charity was used to benefit veterans.