Remaining 4 suspects arrested in Allied Vets scheme
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said all of the remaining suspects in an illegal gambling operation have been arrested.
Investigators said that since Monday, they've arrested four of the remaining 57 conspirators (pictured above, left to right): Gary Davis, 68, of Hogansville, Ga.; Diane Davis, 65, of Hogansville, Ga.; Michael Graham, 41, of Little River, S.C.; and Cary Hardee, 64, formerly of Ponce Inlet, Fla.
The four face charges of racketeer and influenced corrupt organizations; RICO conspiracy; manufacture, sale, possession of slot machines; lottery; keeping gambling houses; and money laundering. All charges are first-degree felonies.
Since last Tuesday, investigators said they have seized thousands of items of evidence, including more than 400 computers and servers, 1,169 boxes of paper records, and 59 vehicles and vessels. Digital forensic specialists have imaged 470 hard drives containing 160.4 terabytes of data, the equivalent of 156 million reams of paper. Additional evidence is in the process of being logged and transported, investigators said.
In addition to the 54 search warrants originally executed, six more search warrants were served at the following locations:
- The Jacksonville safety deposit box of conspirator Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba, which contained $56,400 in cash and five million Iraqi dinars (equivalent to $4,300 in U.S. dollars);
- The Jacksonville storage unit of Mathis and Murphy, P.A. which contained documents;
- Three safety deposit boxes in Manning, S.C., owned by conspirator suspects Michael and Janis Ryles, which contained $212,507; and
- The Fraternal Order of Police Foundation's office building in Jacksonville, which contained documents.
In total, $583,507 in U.S. currency has been seized, investigators said. They said they have also served seizure warrants on the bank accounts of many of the conspirators, locating a total of $100.6 million in those accounts.
The Sheriff's Office announced this week it has established a toll free hotline for individuals who may have information about the operations and activities of the Florida gambling centers formerly operated by Allied Veterans of the World.
Anyone interested in speaking with authorities about the conspiracy is encouraged to call the Gambling Task Force Hotline at 855-411-0760. People inquiring about individual gambling winnings or losses should contact Allied Veterans of the World.
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