CLEVELAND — Ohio’s attorney general and the U.S. Marshal’s office are announcing the arrest of a fugitive who is accused of running a scam that collected millions of dollars in donations from people who believed they were helping U.S. Navy veterans. He is believed to be from New Mexico.
A man who uses the false identify of Bobby Thompson was indicted in Ohio in 2010 on theft, money laundering and other charges related to the Florida-based charity. He disappeared in June 2010.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Cleveland-based U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott announced the arrest Tuesday ahead of a briefing.
Authorities don’t know the man’s real name, but investigators have uncovered information that led them to believe Thompson may have lived recently in New Mexico.
U.S. Marshals say Thompson showed intimate knowledge of the Albuquerque area.