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Cars, money, mansions: Following the money trail of a multi-state racketeering investigation

12:44 AM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Allied Veterans internet cafes claimed to work on the premise of charity but instead law enforcement agencies say co-conspirators lined their pockets with illicit proceeds and made lavish purchases.

According to Dominick Pape with Florida Department of Law Enforcement, "There's at least a 110 ft. yacht that we're working on seizing down in south Florida, numerous types of vehicles, Maseratis, this organization clearly likes to spend money on themselves. "

The FDLE task force is in the process of seizing 292 bank accounts totaling more than $64 million and 80 cars, including, BMW's, Porsches, Ferrari's and Cadillacs.

FDLE's list of seized evidence also includes 170 properties made up of homes, condos, land and offices.

There have been 57 state arrest warrants issued and 49 people are in custody including:

Michael Scott Davis

Michael Wayne Ryles

Mazen Salloum

Samer George Saloum

Salim Saloum

Tamara Cook Gross

Jerry Wayne Bass

"[We] uncovered more than $300 million in proceeds from the gambling centers with only two percent of the proceeds going to charity," said John Rutherford Sheriff of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

So while these suspects were allegedly busy hiding the proceeds, the homes they lived in tell of a different story.

Take for example, Samer George Saloum's home on the 10 thousand block of Scott Mill Road is more than 5,500 square feet with a pool at a price tag of $728,518.

Or Michael Wayne Ryles' five bedroom home on the 1100 block of Cedar Bay Rd. sold for $540,000 in 2010.

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