CLEVELAND -- He said he was helping navy veterans.
But instead, the man who calls himself Bobby Thompson is accused of stealing millions from them.
His trial began Monday in Cleveland.
Attorneys called Thompson a thief who took nearly $3 million from Ohio donors alone.
Defense attorney's said his charity work was legal.
Bobby Thompson is accused of creating that identity to set up the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a charity that raised more than $100 million nationally.
Thompson also used this identity when he donated hundreds of thousand of dollars to the Republican party.
He disappeared after an investigation exposed only a fraction of donations went to veterans.
After a cross-country hunt, Thompson was tracked down by U.S. Marshals and arrested in Portland, Ore. A million dollars found in a storage locker.
Thompson was brought back to Cuyahoga County.