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U.S. Marshals identify "Bobby Thompson" as cold case fraud fugitive

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

On May 1, U.S. Marshals announced the arrest of one of Americas Most Wanted and elusive fugitives, known and charged in Ohio under the alias "Bobby Thompson." 

"Bobby Thompson" has been accused of stealing millions of dollars donated for the sole purpose of aiding U.S. veterans. "Bobby Thompson," which was an alias, was on the run for more than two years in which he assumed numerous fictitious names and was known to alter his appearance. He was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, identity theft, fraud and money laundering. 

On April 30, he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Portland, Ore., and brought back to Ohio to face the charges. At the time of arrest, authorities also seized nearly $1 million that "Thompson" had locked in a storage locker.  "Thompson" has been detained in the Cuyahoga County Jail awaiting trial. 

Monday, U.S. Marshals, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, positively identified "Bobby Thompson" as cold case fugitive John Donald Cody. 

Cody, 65, has been wanted by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Marshals since 1987 for numerous fraudulent charges. Cody is also wanted for questioning by the FBI in connection to an ongoing espionage investigation. 

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott was so intrigued with this investigation and the fact that "Thompson" continued to hide his true identity that he began to search through the Internet attempting to identify him. 

Marshal Elliott conducted Google searches for cold case fraud fugitives with ties to military.  In doing so, he came upon an FBI wanted flyer for a cold case fraud fugitive wanted since 1987.  Upon looking at the dated picture, the man immediately had a noticeable likeness to "Thompson."  Upon reading the history of the case and particulars of the fugitive, things really matched up well with "Thompson." The fugitive was John Donald Cody and after receiving a copy of his fingerprints from the FBI, they were a confirmed match with the fingerprints from the Cuyahoga County Jail of "Thompson."

The federal warrant for Cody is from May 4, 1987, out of the Eastern District of Virginia charging him with interstate transportation of fraudulent traveler's checks from probate estates' bank accounts, false statements to an investment brokerage firm, and false statements on loan applications.  Cody is also wanted by the FBI for questioning in connection to an ongoing espionage investigation.  The U.S. Attorney's Office in Northern Ohio is currently communicating with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Eastern Virginia regarding these charges and to determine the next steps now that Cody has been positively identified and in custody at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of any fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at:  1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to 847411(tip411)Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available.

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