Internet Cafés' Tangled Web

Police union officials, Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll involved


Law enforcement agents and prosecutors have announced multiple conspiracy, money laundering and racketeering charges against 57 people who were involved with Internet café operator Allied Veterans of the World. Law enforcement officials said the operation masqueraded as a charity with less than 2 percent of the profits going to veterans.

They said this is just the first wave of arrests, and more charges are possible. The roles of Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba and FOP Vice President Robbie Freitas, were not revealed at a multi-agency news conference in Orlando.

Officials also would not discuss what involvement former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll had in the case. She resigned March 12, a day after being questioned by investigators.

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, who represented Allied Veterans, was called one of the masterminds of the $300 million racketeering scheme. Investigators claimed he received about $7 million.

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Let’s hope the Governor really does his homework and picks a candidate who is non-controversial and not associated with Allied Veterans in any way. For example, Ellyn Bogdanoff was one of the first names to appear in the LG chatter, and according to the Tampa Bay Times she accepted $19,000 from Allied affiliates between her campaign account and a committee she controls. There's no telling how far this is going to extend. Tuesday, April 2, 2013|Report this