Nelson Cuba By 2010, it became clear that Cuba (pictured, right at Thursday's bond hearing) was not part of the original enterprise under investigation, but was possibly tied to a second separate criminal enterprise with multiple entities that appeared to be shell companies, Rutherford said. He said further investigation revealed that some of those companies were affiliates of Allied Veterans of the World.

Rutherford said that at that time, he ordered a separate investigation into the activities of Cuba, Freitas, Allied Veterans and its affiliates.

The investigation found they received more than $571,000 through a shell corporation called Enzyme Consultants and from an Internet cafe in Yulee over the course of a year and a half. The two withdrew cash weekly, attempting to avoid detection by removing amounts just below mandatory federal reporting requirements, investigators said.