Following a manhunt that lasted nearly two years, U.S. Marshals arrested ‘Bobby Thompson’ without a whimper Monday night after he left a bar in Portland, Ore.
Authorities still don’t know the alleged Florida con man’s real identity. They believe he’s in his mid 60s. He’s charged with defrauding Ohio citizens of $2 million for his phony charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. It reportedly raised $100 million across the country and spent a pittance on veterans.
For that and other reasons, the feds also are investigating. And if Thompson’s capture is causing some gut rumbles in Richmond, it’s not hard to understand why.
Because it was here in the Old Dominion that the Florida man pulled off one of his most audacious flimflams. He bought himself a law in the 2010 Virginia General Assembly that would benefit his scam.
And many questions remain about how he was able to manage that.
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