CLEVELAND -- The mastermind of a $100 million Navy veterans charity fraud involving 41 states has been found guilty in a $100 million charity fraud case.
Jurors reached their decision late Wednesday afternoon after three hours of deliberation, but the judge delayed the announcement until Thursday morning. The delay was attributed to trouble getting everyone back into court after-hours.
The verdict was announced shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.
He was found guilty on all 23 counts against him.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered with sentencing set for Monday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 a.m. Thompson faces a maximum 67 years in prison.
The defendant identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson. The prosecution says he is John Donald Cody, a 66-year-old Harvard-trained attorney.
He decided not to testify, and his attorney didn't present a closing argument.
The defendant was charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran from Tampa, Fla. The charges include racketeering, money laundering, records tampering, theft and identity theft.