Court Rejects Veterans Day Sentence for Navy Charity Scammer

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FILE-This Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 file photo shows John Donald Cody speaking during his sentencing on racketeering, theft, money laundering charges in Cleveland. An Ohio appeals court says Cody, using the stolen identity Bobby Thompson, convicted of masterminding a $100 million Navy veterans charity fraud won't have to spend every Veterans Day in solitary confinement as indicated in his prison sentence. Cody ran a Florida-based charity and was arrested in Portland, Oregon, in 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
FILE-This Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 file photo shows John Donald Cody speaking during his sentencing on racketeering, theft, money laundering charges in Cleveland. An Ohio appeals court says Cody, using the stolen identity Bobby Thompson, convicted of masterminding a $100 million Navy veterans charity fraud won't have to spend every Veterans Day in solitary confinement as indicated in his prison sentence. Cody ran a Florida-based charity and was arrested in Portland, Oregon, in 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
FILE-This Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 file photo shows John Donald Cody speaking during his sentencing on racketeering, theft, money laundering charges in Cleveland. An Ohio appeals court says Cody, using the stolen identity Bobby Thompson, convicted of masterminding a $100 million Navy veterans charity fraud won’t have to spend every Veterans Day in solitary confinement as indicated in his prison sentence. Cody ran a Florida-based charity and was arrested in Portland, Oregon, in 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

A man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, multi-state Navy veterans charity fraud won’t have to spend every Veterans Day in solitary confinement as indicated in his prison sentence, an Ohio appeals court ruled.

The man identifying himself as Bobby Thompson was convicted in 2013 of racketeering, theft, money laundering and 12 counts of identity theft. A Cuyahoga County judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison, with solitary confinement each Veterans Day.

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the 8th District Court of Appeals said the trial court had no authority under Ohio sentencing law to impose the solitary-confinement punishment.

The court also reduced Thompson’s sentence by one year, acknowledging Ohio courts didn’t have jurisdiction over some of the identity-fraud charges against him.

The fraud occurred in more than 40 states, according to trial testimony, and Thompson was indicted in Ohio in 2010. He disappeared for nearly two years and was arrested in Portland, Oregon, in 2012.

He was charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa, Florida.

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