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Trial begins for man accused of stealing millions from veterans through fake charity

John Donald Cody, a.k.a. Bobby Thompson, in court John Donald Cody, a.k.a. Bobby Thompson, in court

Trial is underway for a once elusive fugitive accused of stealing millions of dollars earmarked to aid U.S. veterans.

John Donald Cody, a.k.a. Bobby Thompson, he is accused of bilking $3M from Ohioans through a bogus charity under the guise of helping Navy veterans.

He is charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, identity theft, fraud and money laundering.

Cody was on the run for more than two years in which he assumed numerous fictitious names and was known to alter his appearance.

On April 30, 2012, he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Portland, Ore., and brought back to Ohio to face charges. At the time of arrest, authorities also seized nearly $1 million that Cody had locked in a storage locker.

Cody had also been wanted by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Marshals since 1987 for numerous fraudulent charges.

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