Wanted: The bearded character in these shots
By now you have heard that the state of Ohio has charged one ‘Bobby Thompson’ (that’s not his real name), the founder of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, with identity theft, money laundering, corrupt practices and other crimes.
Friday, Blanca Contreras, an associate of Thompson, was nabbed at the airport in Charlotte, N.C., as she got off a passenger flight. She’s charged with the same crimes as above with the exception of identity theft.
‘Thompson’ is still on the lam, living either under his real identity or another phony one he’s picked up over the years, such as the one he allegedly purloined from a New Mexico disabled veteran named Ronnie Brittain.
‘Bobby Thompson,” which the Ohio Attorney General says he stole from a Washington state veteran, was the main one, though. And it as Bobby Thompson that this shyster con man made many many big-ticket political contributions, usually to ultraconservative Republican but also to
some mainsteam ones. (A couple of Democrats got some money, too)
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign got more than any other politician in the country ($55,500). In August, long after it was apparent ‘Thompson’ was a flimflam man, Cuccinelli announced he would give that money to legitimate veterans charities.
One thing ‘Bobby Thompson’ is rotten at is avoiding having his picture taken. He has even posed for them, at various functions, with prominent politicians to whom he’s given campaign contributions. And that is what we bring you today, in the spirit of helping to identify his true identity, and perhaps apprehending him to for law enforcement authorities. The photos you see here are courtesy of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
All of the pols here are Republicans (his chief beneficiary). Listed after then is the amount the campaign finance records list as how much ‘Thompson’ contributed to their campaigns, if any.
Either this con man was shy at having his mug shot alongside Democrats, or he never bothered to show up at their political shindigs. In any event, you shouldn’t hold anything against the pols. They are equal opportunity photo subjects when it comes to grip and grins. They will pose with anyone for money (and that goes for Democrats, too).