ORLANDO, Fla. -- More than a dozen defendants charged in the statewide gaming bust went before a judge Friday to determine if their bond would be reduced.
Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. set up an expedited process for defendants who faced bond of either $100,000 or $250,000.
The defendants must prove the money to make bond is no way connected to Allied Veterans of the World.
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Several suspects have bonds that are much higher with Judge Lester. Lester said he hopes to resolve the legal challenges on Friday, but could not guarantee all the issues could be resolved in one day.
Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis is accused of being the master mind of the Allied Veterans of the World internet cafe operation faced a one million dollar bond, which was reduced to $200,000 Friday, according to Mitch Stone, Mathis' attorney.
Mathis made bond Friday and will be going home.
Two others, Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police executives, Nelson Cuba and Robbie Freitus were being held on $500,000 bond. Cuba's bond was reduced to $250,000.
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