In 2010 a con man convinced the Virginia General Assembly to enact a law that helped him perpetuate his scam. Now, an engrossing new book describes how journalists in Florida exposed the con man and his history of fraud.
When John Donald Cody, aka "Bobby Thompson," was arrested for running a veterans charity scam in Oregon in 2012, authorities seized a suitcase that held nearly $1 million in cash. Now, that money is going to legitimate veterans charities. One of Cody's biggest con games happened in Virginia, where he fooled the entire General Assembly into passing a law.
The former Virginia attorney general complained his gubernatorial campaign suffered at the hands of a "malicious scam PAC operation." But he was a lot more circumspect when a sham charity run by a con man helped him win statewide office in 2009, and when the grifter conned the Virginia General Assembly in 2010.