State drops case against lawyer accused in illegal gambling ring

The State is dropping its case against the lawyer accused in helping establish and rush a slew of illegal charities in Florida, court documents show.

The notice of Nolle Prosequi was filed in the 18th Judicial Circuit Wednesday saying charges against Kelly Bernard Mathis will no longer be pursued in criminal court.

In February, the state Supreme Court denied Attorney General Pam Bondi's request to review Mathis' case after his 2013 conviction was overturned in October of last year.

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A Seminole County jury found him guilty on 103 charges ranging from racketeering to conducting an illegal lottery. He was sentenced to six years in jail but only served four days. As a result of the charges, Mathis had his license to practice law suspended by the Florida Bar.

Fifty-seven other people were charged in connection to the gambling case, but only Mathis went to trial. 

The Court of Appeals ruled in October 2016 Mathis wasn't given the opportunity to put up proper defense in his 2013 trial.

Millions of dollars were seized by law enforcement agencies after Allied Veterans gambling halls were raided.

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