CLEVELAND (AP) -- A jury has been selected in the Cleveland trial of a onetime fugitive charged in a $100 million multistate fraud under the guise of helping Navy veterans.
The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/16G7gIa ) reports 10 women and two men were chosen Tuesday, along with four alternates. They're expected to hear opening statements and witness testimony starting Monday.
The 67-year-old defendant calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities identify him as lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody. He's charged with defrauding donors to a reputed charity, the United States Navy Veterans Association based in Tampa, Fla.
He could face 40 years in prison if convicted. The judge said he'd consider a much shorter sentence if the defendant pleaded guilty, but that offer wasn't immediately accepted and the trial moved forward.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com