Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:40 pm | Updated: 3:29 pm, Wed Mar 13, 2013 | WTXL.Com
SEMINOLE CO., Fla. – A local, state and federal investigation into internet cafes has resulted in warrants for the arrest of 57, including one person in our local area.
Attorney General Pam Bondi says charges will include racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and possession of slot machines. The suspects are accused of being involved in $300 million conspiracy orchestrated by Allied Veterans of the World. The organization was reportedly running 49 illegal gambling centers masquerading as internet cafes.
According to an FDLE release, the organization “falsely claimed to be a charitable veterans’ organization, but instead deceived the public and government while lining the pockets of its operators.”
FDLE says the four main conspirators are Johnny Duncan, 62, of Boiling Springs, S.C., Jerry Bass, 62, of Jacksonville, Fla., Chase Burns, 37, of Fort Cobb, Okla., and Kelly Mathis, 49, also of Jacksonville, Fla. Duncan serves as the former national commander of the organization, Bass is the current commander, and Mathis is the organization’s attorney. Burns owns and operates International Internet Technologies and provided the software used by the gambling centers.
Law enforcement began executing the 54 search warrants and 57 arrest warrants Tuesday, March 12, in 23 counties across the state of Florida. Search warrants are also being served across five additional states. Slot machines, records, 80 vehicles and vessels, 170 properties, and 260 bank accounts estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars have been seized.
Locally, a search warrant was served at an internet cafe on South Monroe Street. Reginald Medlin, 46, was arrested. He will be transported to Seminole County to face illegal gambling and money laundering charges.
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned due to the fact that she previously did public relations for Allied Veterans for the world.