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For Immediate Release

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January 31, 2012 Pete Elliott - U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-5855
Unknown Fugitive Leaves Veterans Stranded

Albuquerque, NM – The United States Marshals Service, and other law enforcement agencies, are seeking the public’s help in identifying and capturing a fugitive accused of stealing millions of dollars that had been donated for the sole purpose of aiding U.S. veterans. This unidentified subject has been charged with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, Identity Theft, Fraud, and Money Laundering.

In the early 2000s, the subject, using the alias “Bobby Thompson”, founded the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA), a charitable organization whose stated mission was to provide assistance to veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The USNVA claimed to have a national headquarters in Washington D.C., but its base of operations was the Tampa, FL, area. From its inception to the summer of 2010, it is estimated the USNVA received close to $100 million dollars in nationwide donations. Officials in several states are investigating the USNVA and it is believed little, if any, of the money actually benefited veterans or current service members. In August 2010, “Thompson” was charged in Ohio with various offenses relating to this fraudulent activity. A co-conspirator is currently serving a five year prison sentence in Ohio for her role in this scam after pleading guilty in June 2011.

“Thompson”, the alleged mastermind of this plot, fled in June 2010, when he learned of the criminal investigation. “Thompson” was featured on America’s Most Wanted on two separate occasions, with the most recent being March 2011. He remains at large and law enforcement has not learned his true identity. The investigation to date has uncovered information leading investigators to believe “Thompson” may have lived in New Mexico. Specifically, “Thompson” has shown intimate knowledge about the Albuquerque area. He has utilized several other aliases including “Ronnie Brittain” and “Elmer Dosier”. “Thompson” is thought to be in his middle 50s to early 60s, stand 5’8” tall and weigh approximately 160 lbs. He has shown an ability to alter his appearance by changing the style and color of his hair, wearing glasses, and changing the style and amount of facial hair. “Thompson” is believed to be a heavy drinker and has demonstrated a volatile temper on numerous occasions.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of this fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at: 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to 847411(tip411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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