Attorney In Fla. Gambling Scheme Found Guilty

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida attorney has been found guilty of running a gambling operation that was disguised as a veterans charity.

Six jurors deliberated for 14 hours before finding attorney Kelly Mathis guilty Friday of possessing slot machines, helping operate a lottery and racketeering. He was found guilty on all but one of 104 counts against him.

Mathis was accused of operating dozens of so-called Internet cafes throughout the state. He is the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in the Allied Veterans case.

The case led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and caused the Florida Legislature to ban Internet cafes earlier this year.

Mathis had claimed he was merely acting as an attorney, giving legal advice, and that the Internet cafes were legal until this year.

He faces dozens of years in prison.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Report: Black Bears 'Robust and Growing' in FloridaWildlife officials say an analysis confirms Florida's black bear population is "robust and growing."
Contest: ‘Frequency’ & ‘No Tomorrow’ Advanced ScreeningCW44 will choose 44 viewers to watch am advanved screening of both 'Frequency' and 'No Tomorrow' on Thursday, September 29!

Listen Live