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Indictments on Navy Veterans Political Slush Fund


By jimstaro - Posted on 16 October 2010

Man accused of US Navy vet scam indicted in Ohio

Have you seen this man? No, the one on the left. (Photos courtesy of Ohio Attorney General's Office)

16 October 2010 - An Ohio grand jury has indicted a man who donated to Virginia political campaigns last year under the name "Bobby Thompson" on felony charges of money laundering, theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The grand jury also indicted Blanca Contreras, who helped the man run the allegedly fraudulent charity the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Airport police Friday arrested Contreras at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, authorities reported.

The indictments allege the Thompson stole more than $1 million from Ohio residents who intended their donations to help veterans.

Virginia is one of nine states that have opened investigations into the charity on suspicions that it filed false documentation with state officials and may have stolen charitable contributions. {read rest}

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) took $55,000 in campaign contributions from the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) founder Bobby Thompson before it was revealed that the USNVA was quite possibly a scam that existed solely for the personal enrichment of one Bobby Thompson.

Cuccinelli refused to relinquish the funds, while others hastily gave theirs to charitable organizations, only recently did he finally turn over his ill gotten gains to other Veterans orgs. and still isn't really pushing hard, as the State AG, on investigating the slush fund!

Authorities make arrest in Navy Veterans case

October 17, 2010 - Authorities in Ohio have filed additional charges against the mysterious man behind the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, alleging that he pocketed more than $1 million in contributions meant for members of the armed forces.

And for the first time, an arrest in the case was made Friday. But it did not involve the man who calls himself Bobby Thompson, the head of the veterans nonprofit who has been on the run since Aug. 5, when he was charged with stealing the identity he goes by.

Unable to find Thompson, authorities turned to a woman close to him.

Blanca Contreras of Tampa, Fla., described as an associate of Thompson who worked for the U.S. Navy Vets, was arrested about 9 a.m. at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, according to Ted Hart, a spokesman for the Ohio attorney general's office. {read rest}

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