SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — An attorney will learn how long he will spend in prison for running an Internet gambling operation that was disguised as a veterans charity.
Kelly Mathis was found guilty of possessing slot machines, gambling, conducting a lottery and racketeering. He said that he only gave legal advice to the group.
Mathis was the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in the Allied Veterans case.
The investigation into Allied Veterans led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll after she was interviewed during the probe. She has denied wrongdoing and wasn't charged.
The Florida Legislature banned the operations known as Internet cafes following the arrests of the Allied Veterans defendants. It also drove legislators to return campaign donations made by the group.