Money seized from charity scam going to veterans legal fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says money seized during investigations of a multi-state Navy veterans charity fraud is part of a $50,000 grant being made to a veterans legal aid fund.

The Ohio Military Veterans Legal Assistance Project arranges legal services for low-income military veterans and active service members who can’t afford an attorney.

DeWine says that money his office received during the investigation will go to help veterans as donors intended.

John Donald Cody is serving a 28-year prison sentence in Ohio after his 2013 conviction on charges of racketeering, theft, money laundering and 12 counts of identity theft.

Cody, who had long identified himself as Bobby Thompson, was accused of looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa, Florida.

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