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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.

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