Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution may have successfully prosecuted Kelly Mathis in the Allied Veterans of the World case, but Pam Bondi is still free after taking at least $25,000 from the wounded veterans charity. A jury found Mathis guilty of 103 counts as charged, including one count of first degree felony racketeering, 51 counts of third degree felony illegal lottery, and 51 misdemeanor counts of illegal slot machines.
Mathis will not be sentenced on Feb. 12, 2014.
In an effort to divert as much attention as possible from the Republican leaders who happily took donations from the Allied Veteran fraud scheme, Bondi stated the following.
“The verdict finding Kelly Mathis guilty should send a strong message that those involved in running this illegal gambling scheme under the façade of a charitable organization to help veterans will be held accountable,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am grateful to Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, and our other partnering agencies who have worked tirelessly to ensure that justice is served in this case.”
“I hope this verdict reaffirms people’s faith in the system that people will be held accountable when they violate the law–no matter who they are,” stated Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox. “The prosecution against the remaining defendants will continue.”
The multi-state, multi-agency investigation, called “Operation Reveal the Deal,” concluded in March 2013.