Call Me Commander: A Former Intelligence Officer and the Journalists Who Uncovered His Scheme To Fleece America

Potomac. Feb. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9781640123045. $34.95. CRIME
In this comprehensive work, Testerman and Freed trace the wild, prolific lifetime of fraud committed by John Donald Cody and recount their efforts to expose his crimes. Cody begins the book as Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson, head of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a charity with significant membership and political reach. Testerman, an investigative reporter with the St. Petersburg Times, followed a lead in 2010 that eventually resulted in the unraveling of this fraudulent nonprofit. Freed, a producer for CNBC’s American Greed, covered the story and investigated Cody’s background, exposing a myriad of nationwide scams and aliases. The authors offer a highly detailed account of Cody’s schemes and the ensuing investigation; those fascinated by accounts of white-collar true crime will find their narrative both thorough and thrilling.
VERDICT An exhilarating yet intricate tale of mind-boggling fraud. Readers will be rapt; hand this one to fans of David Enrich’s The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History.
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