Allied Veterans and Florida Government stealing 300 million dollars from wounded veterans???
Nelson Cuba is a police officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He is also the president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Jacksonville FL. This is an important role. According to the FOP website:
“The FOP Foundation funds programs designed to honor America’s law enforcement officers, foster community involvement, and aid the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Each year, individuals and companies around the world join in partnership with the FOP by contributing to the FOP Foundation. These contributions demonstrate their appreciation for the service and sacrifice made each day by law enforcement officers and their families.”
Additionally, the FOP public supports many candidates running for public office. This includes judges, senators, and congress members. It is a respected organization. However, a federal investigation has lead to arrests within the FOP. This investigation began in 2009.
Yesterday, Cuba was taken into custody as part of a federal racketeering investigation. “Also detained were Kelly Michael Davis, secretary for Allied; and Robbie Freitas, first vice president of the FOP. Others who operated the centers were also arrested.” Today, the Florida Times Union reported that 57 people are being charged “for a $300 million racketeering and money laundering scheme orchestrated by the ‘internet café’ organization Allied Veterans of the World.” This “operation masqueraded as a charity and defrauded veterans with less than two percent of profits going to charities. The investigation spanned 23 Florida counties and six states.”
A prominent Jacksonville attorney accused of masterminding a $300 million gambling ring disguised as a veterans charity says he simply advised his clients on legal matters and that prosecutors are trying to “force a connection” between him and the operation of the business.
During an hour-long interview with The Associated Press at his lawyer’s office on Wednesday, Kelly Mathis said that his arrest last week has ruined his life and damaged his law career.
Mathis’s eyes became red when he talked about how his family has stood by him since his arrest and release from jail on bond. He’s been charged in state court with racketeering, money laundering and gambling-related charges.
“Lots of prayer,” he said, when asked about the past several days.
Mathis, who is 49 and a former president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, is one of about 60 people charged in Seminole County, Fla., with running the now-shuttered Allied Veterans of the World, which operated 49 Internet parlors with computerized slot machine-style games.