(ABC News) – The mysterious mustachioed man called Bobby Thompson, accused of a $100 million charity swindle, refused today to take the stand in his own defense, in what was the latest twist in a bizarre cross-country case.
With his client looking unkempt and withdrawn in court, the attorney for the man whose real name is John Donald Cody, but who uses a variety of aliases including Mr. X, said Cody would not testify as previously scheduled because he “would not be able to survive” cross examination.
Cody has never explained what happened to the $100 million he raised over years as the head of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Ohio officials have alleged it was a bogus charity and said the money disappeared when Cody did in 2010, before he was tracked down by U.S. Marshals last spring.
Cody was scheduled to take the stand in his own defense for the first time today. His attorney had promised the jury that Cody would explain how the charity was part of a secret, CIA-blessed operation.