JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Operation Reveal the Deal has hundreds of people asking -- where is my money?
They have gaming cards from the internet cafes that are redeemable for cash. They want their winnings, but are unable to get them.
People have been showing up at the cafes ready to play some more, to sue for money on their cards, to try and win more or even cash it in. For now, they are out of luck.
Penny Owens is one wanting her money. She played on Norwood Avenue, had $300 left on her card. She planned on using the money to pay bills.
"I'm upset because we come here and spend a lot of money and we win and we want what we got."
Dave Wood is out $35.
"Now I need to know where to go to get my money. ... I'm definitely going to pursue it and call my attorney if necessary, absolutely.
It may take legal action for these folks to get their money back. The Internal Revenue Service and Secret Service have frozen the accounts. They have the money.
We asked Sheriff John Rutherford what recourse these people had. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was involved in the investigation that shut these operations down.
"I think they will have to probably join a class action lawsuit against Allied Veterans of the World or something like that to get their money back," he said.
Gerald Bailey, the commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, doesn't have the answer to the question of how these people will get their money back.
Bailey said at last count, law enforcement has $50 million of the money from seizures. He said he doesn't know if there is anything they can do to get what they had on their cards at the time.
Rutherford said he is not aware of a law enforcement plan to refund money.
First Coast News