Chapter 7 Give to a Worthy Cause—Not to Scammers

He claimed to be a retired Naval commander and raised more than $100 million from generous Americans for his charity in Tampa. He told his lawyer he got funding for a U.S. Navy Veterans Association from a “black box” CIA budget and said in court filings that he was working under “non-official cover” for the agency. But in the end, a jury here decided that Bobby Thompson, 66, was less James Bond and more run-of-the-mill con man. … They convicted him on 23 counts of fraud, money laundering and theft in a charity scam.123


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