Children’s Cancer Cooperative Four Times Bigger Than Allied Veterans

At miamiherald.com on Thursday, 05/16/13 the following news was released. The full text can be found here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/22/3301597/florida-regulators-to-probe-another.html

Florida regulators to probe another charity tied to alleged illegal gambling at Internet cafes

Fresh off a nearly $300 million racketeering case involving a veterans’ charity that benefited from simulated gambling at Internet cafes, Florida regulators will investigate a children’s cancer group connected to a sweepstakes network that is four times bigger.

The new probe comes in response to Associated Press inquiries about Children’s Cancer Cooperative, a group that operates out of a South Carolina bingo parlor, shares a lawyer with Allied Veterans of the World and has collected cash from more than 200 of the sweepstakes cafes in Florida.

In exchange for the money that has flowed into the Children’s Cancer Cooperative from the cafes, the charity’s name is listed as sponsoring sweepstakes prizes offered at the cafes, giving players the impression money lost on the fast-moving games mimicking Vegas-style slots goes to help sick kids.

As with the Allied Veterans case announced earlier this month, the central questions will be how much money the cafes raised, how much of that should have been taxed, and how much ultimately went to charity.

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