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Ohio AG's office awards nearly $1M seized in charity fraud investigation to vet groups

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 11, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio attorney general's office has awarded nearly $1 million to veterans groups from money seized during investigation of a multi-state Navy veterans charity fraud.

Republican Mike DeWine says the grants are part of efforts to spend the funds as intended, to help veterans. John Paul Cody, long known as Bobby Thompson, was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 28 years on charges he looted the United States Navy Veterans Association that he ran.

The grants include $115,000 each for Ohio's five Honor Flight hubs that help veterans travel to see memorials in Washington D.C. They are for Cincinnati region, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland and Findlay hubs.

Other grants will support connecting low-income veterans with free legal help, veterans' courts, and local efforts for veterans in Lorain, Chillicothe and Toledo.

This undated photo shows the man known as Bobby Charles Thompson with then-President George W. Bush.
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