- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The man imprisoned in a $100 million, multistate Navy veterans charity fraud has been cited for a number of prison violations after run-ins with guards during his first two years behind bars.

Cody, who had identified himself as Bobby Thompson, was convicted in 2013 of racketeering, theft, money laundering and 12 counts of identity theft. A Cuyahoga County judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison, with solitary confinement each Veterans Day.

Records released recently by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction show that 68-year-old John Donald Cody has been accused of nine prison violations in his nearly two years behind bars, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported (https://bit.ly/1NCRi5l ).

Most of the citations involved disrespecting officers, disobeying prison staff and refusing to carry out work assignments. Cody has been accused of violating prison rules and physically resisting an order.

Records show that Cody went to a visiting session in September 2014 wearing four pairs of socks and became combative when an officer told him only one could be worn.

“From the start, he always had to be the smartest person in the room,” said Pete Elliott, a U.S. marshal. “The problem for him now is that he is caged in a room by himself, and he can’t take it. He is creating havoc.”

Cody’s trial attorney said he didn’t know about the prison citations.

Cody appealed his case last month to the Ohio Supreme Court, where it is still pending. He has also written motions that say his $6.3 million court fine is excessive and his court costs should be dropped because he is indigent.

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