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Defendant may take stand in Cleveland fraud trial

Navy Vets Scam Charges
Defendant Bobby Thompson, who authorities say is a Harvard-trained attorney and former military intelligence officer named John Donald Cody, looks over papers during his trial Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland trial is set to resume in an alleged $100 million veterans charity fraud after a one-week break.

The defense was ready to detail its case Tuesday on behalf of the defendant who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson. Authorities identify him as John Donald Cody.

The defendant is charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association charity that he ran in Tampa, Fla.

An attorney for the defendant has suggested he was on a super-secret mission, possibly with the CIA, and expects him to testify.

The defense has displayed photos of the defendant with former President George W. Bush to underscore his standing.

The prosecution wrapped up its case Nov. 6.

The defendant was indicted in 2010 and was a fugitive for almost two years.