JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As First Coast News continues to comb through thousands of seized documents in Operation Reveal the Deal, the focus has shifted to Miriam Wilkinson, the former Assistant Director of the Division of Consumer Services for the Agriculture Department.
Wilkinson went from testifying against internet casinos to working for the man investigators call the "mastermind" of the racketeering scandal -- Jacksonville Attorney Kelly Mathis.
Wilkinson has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
According to federal documents, the relationship between Wilkinson and Mathis started when a lobbyist for Allied Veterans of the World met with Wilkinson as part of an unsuccessful effort to change Florida law regarding game promotion.
Court records show she then testified in 2010, as a witness in the criminal trial in Marion County, State of Florida v. Jeaneen E. Crisante.
Mathis was defending Crisante and according to court documents sent an email to Wilkinson outlining the areas he intended to cover in direct examination.
In Wilkinson's testimony, in October of 2010, she states that her department did not have a problem with "electronic sweepstakes" and that she did not believe that the "spinning wheels" used at Crisante's location disqualified it from being a sweepstakes.
Crisante was acquitted and by December 2010, Wilkinson resigned from her position and starts working at the Mathis law firm.
Then in January 2011, Wilkinson testified on behalf of Allied Veterans and court records show she stated they are "lawful and that they were "not simulated gambling."
Wilkinson went on to say that "the Department took the position that it was really a matter for local law enforcement. If they believe that what was going on inside these places was gambling, then it was up to them to go in, seize the machines have the source codes forensically analyzed, and show that that's what they were doing."
First Coast News