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Charities using money for right purposes?

Are charities using the money that is donated to them for the right purposes? Florida has learned from past mistakes and is cracking down on the charitable organizations that aren't giving back.

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Lawmakers work to clarify laws after Internet cafe shutdown

This week marks one year when Florida rushed to shut down Internet cafés and former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned after being connected to a fake charity. Lawmakers are now trying to clarify the laws.

RELATED: Internet cafe scheme: 1 year later |

Inside Allied Veterans

Allied Vets prompts charity reform proposal

In the wake of an alleged charity scam that helped cost the state's former lieutenant governor her job, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and a pair of lawmakers are pushing legislation that would tighten rules on non-profit organizations.

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Group moves forward after verdict

A jury convicted lawyer Kelly Mathis on more than 100 counts relating to the case. One group that had been working to distance itself from the scandal is the Five Star Veterans Center, which had been run by Allied Vets.

RELATED: Mathis guilty on 103 of 104 charges |

Kelly Mathis on trial

Mathis guilty on 103 of 104 charges

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, the first of 57 charged in the Allied Veterans of the World case to face trial, was found guilty Friday of helping establish a $300 million gambling venture operating as a veterans' charity.

RELATED: List of pleas in Allied Veterans case |

Kelly Mathis

Allied Vets' lawyer 1st to face trial

The prominent Jacksonville lawyer who prosecutors say masterminded a veterans' charity that was actually a $290 million gambling operation will be the first of dozens of defendants to go to trial.

Mastermind of internet cafe scheme maintains innocence

Allied Veterans lawyer wants charges tossed

A Jacksonville attorney who prosecutors claim was the mastermind of a veterans' charity that actually was a $300 million gambling operation was in court asking that some of his criminal charges be tossed out.

Facing Charges


Jerry Bass mug shot
Jerry Bass, 62,
of Jacksonville
Co-owner, Allied Veterans of the World
Status: Released March 29 from Seminole County Jail on $350,000 bond

Kelly Mathis mug shot

Kelly Mathis, 49,
of Jacksonville
Lawyer for Allied Veterans and dozens of its affiliates
Status: Released from Seminole County jail on $200,000 bond


Johnny Duncan mug shot
Johnny Duncan, 62,
of Boiling Springs, S.C.
Past president and National Commander of Allied Veterans
Status: Held without bond in Spartanburg County, SC, Jail


Chase Burns mug shot

Chase Burns, 37,
of Fort Cobb, Okla.
Owner, Florida Game Promotions
Status: Released from Caddo County, Olka., Jail on a $500,000 bond


Nelson Cuba in court
Nelson Cuba, 48,
of Jacksonville
President of Jacksonville lodge of Fraternal Order of Police
Status: Released from Seminole County Jail on $250,000 bond


Robert Freitas in court

Robert Freitas, 47,
of Jacksonville
Vice President of Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police
Status: Released from Seminole County Jail on $250,000 bond




Video Archive

  • Allied Veterans case: one year later

    Allied Veterans case one year later

    VIDEO: One year has passed since the bust on internet cafes that led to the resignation of Florida's lieutenant governor and the arrests of Jacksonville Sheriff's officers. March 12, 2013 uncovered years of illegal gambling and racketeering, involving Allied Veterans of the World. Fraternal Order of Police President, Nelson Cuba, and Vice President, Robbie Freitas, were the first to be arrested.

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  • What's next for internet cafes?

    After a Seminole County jury convicted Kelly Mathis for his role in the internet cafe scheme, owners of one internet cafe is concerned about the fate of his business.

  • Local reactions to Mathis conviction

    VIDEO: Local attorney Gene Nichols joins Channel 4 studios to discuss the guilty verdict in the Kelly Mathis case.

  • Mathis found guilty

    VIDEO: 6 jurors deliberated over two days before finding Kelly Mathis guilty in 103 of the 104 charges brought before him.

  • Kelly Mathis found guilty

    VIDEO: Kelly Mathis was found guilty on 103 of 104 charges after a four-week trial. The only charge he was acquitted of was a count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. The Jacksonville attorney was the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in the Allied Veterans of the World case.

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