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TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution successfully prosecuted Kelly Mathis in the Allied Veterans of the World case. The jury Tuesday found Mathis guilty of 103 counts as charged. Mathis was convicted of one count of first degree felony racketeering, 51 counts of third degree felony illegal lottery and 51 misdemeanor counts of illegal slot machines. Mathis will be sentenced on Feb. 12, 2014.
“The verdict finding Kelly Mathis guilty should send a strong message that those involved in running this illegal gambling scheme under the façade of a charitable organization to help veterans will be held accountable,” Bondi said. “I am grateful to Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, and our other partnering agencies who have worked tirelessly to ensure that justice is served in this case.”
“I hope this verdict reaffirms people's faith in the system that people will be held accountable when they violate the law--no matter who they are," stated Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox. "The prosecution against the remaining defendants will continue."
The multi-state, multi-agency investigation, called “Operation Reveal the Deal,” concluded in March 2013.
Allied Veterans had a cafe operation north of Chiefland but closed it before the arrests.