Marshals uncover 'Bobby Thompson's' true identity

5:56 PM, Sep 30, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The United States Marshal Service has uncovered the true identity of a high profile fugitive who is accused of stealing millions of dollars that had been donated for the sole purpose of aiding U.S. veterans.

"Bobby Thompson," which is an alias, was one of America's Most Wanted fugitives. A conference will be held Monday where the Marshals' will reveal his true identity.

He was captured in April following a nationwide manhunt by multiple government agencies. Thompson is currently being held in Cuyahoga County.

Thompson has been indicted on charges that include unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, identity theft, fraud, and money laundering.

In the early 2000s, the man known as "Bobby Thompson," founded the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA), a charitable organization whose stated mission was to provide assistance to veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The USNVA claimed to have a national headquarters in Washington D.C., but its base of operations was the Tampa, FL, area.

From its inception to the summer of 2010, it is estimated the USNVA received close to $100 million in nationwide donations.


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