Feast your eyes on John Donald Cody, aka U.S. Navy Veterans Association scammer Bobby Thompson, who gave tens of thousands in campaign contributions to Virginia lawmakers.
He’s a former military intelligence officer and apparent former Arizona attorney who claimed a degree form UVa.
The Tampa Bay Times has the details:
For all his sterling credentials, colleagues at the courthouse found Cody to be more than a little strange. He wore outdated bell bottoms and his hair in a pompadour that everyone swore was a wig. He’d spout wild conspiracy theories and once accused county prosecutors of wanting to kill him. He’d bring a big jar of Vaseline into the courtroom, then slather it on his face during presentations.
In May 1984, after a judge threatened to cite him for contempt for making false statements, Cody vanished. His Corvette was found at the Phoenix airport weeks later, keys in the ignition.
Prosecutors initially charged Cody with skimming nearly $100,000 from clients’ accounts and trying to get a $25,000 loan in Virginia using false identities. But three years later, in May 1987, a federal warrant was issued for his arrest. In addition to fraud, he was wanted by the FBI for espionage.
Queue the jokes on “military intelligence.”