Florida Online Gambling Scam Legal Loophole Defence

Published Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com
Florida Online Gambling Scam Legal Loophole Defence

The Allied Veterans of the World, a tax-exempt, non-profit charity, was supposed to be created to help needy veterans but as it turned out this was not to be. The scam was recent brought down by Florida State and local officials arresting 57 people connected to Allied Veterans of the World, seizing slot machines and records from Allied Veterans of the World gambling centers, as well as 80 vehicles and vessels, 170 properties and 260 bank accounts estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.

This was a very elaborate scheme to bilk millions out of unsuspecting people who thought that is was a charity organization. Along with the common occurrence of accepting donations, investigators reported the company allegedly also gained $300 million during the six years it remained active through profits from virtual slot machines, computer sweepstakes and other online gambling venues.

Real veteran’s centers were funded by this scheme but most funds were diverted from Allied Veterans that really operated Internet cafes, which allegedly were also gambling centers with illegal slot machines that the charity says were not slot machines but a legal computer sweepstakes. Prosecutors said the non-profit laundered the proceeds through legitimate companies, who sent kickbacks to the top four officers of the company. The person responsible for a lot of the activity was allegedly a Jacksonville lawyer named Kelly Mathis.

Mathis has denied all wrongdoing in a recent interview and said, “I’m innocent of all of the charges they have levied against me,” he continued, “I acted as a lawyer representing these clients, and representing their interest, just as I represent the interests of all my clients.” Mathis does admit however spending months researching a “sweepstakes” loophole that allowed the company and dozens of its affiliates to legally operate the alleged gambling parlors in six states.

Mathis even though he has been charged with a felony believes the people he was retained by were operating their Internet gambling business legally.

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