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Defendants In Alleged Charity Gambling Scam Appear In Court

Feds Say Just $6 Million Of $300 Million Donated


Defendants in an alleged charity gambling scam in Florida appeared in federal court this week, according to the Associated Press.

The case involves a non-profit gambling organization designed to raise money for veterans. It was busted in March for allegedly operating a criminal enterprise to make its owners rich.

Florida’s lieutenant governor resigned amidst the scandal, but wasn’t accused of any wrongdoing. About 60 people were arrested in the bust.

Allied Veterans took in $300 million over a four-year period, but allegedly donated just $6 million to charity. Authorities say some of that money was spent on boats, oceanfront property and high-end cars such as Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches.

Charges include include racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and possession of slot machines. The state of Florida has restricted gambling, generally speaking, but allows tribal gambling and charities to offer wagering, for example.

Allied Veterans’ mission was to “help fellow veterans, first responder organizations and other charitable organizations in need by contributing time, money and support services.”

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll reportedly co-owned a public relations firm that did business with Allied Veterans. She even appeared in a commercial for the organization in 2011, according to the Associated Press. She was questioned by investigators, but not charged.

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