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Allied Veterans commander pleads no contest

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Updated: 8/23/2013 6:39 pm

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The commander of a veterans' charity that prosecutors claim was a $300 million gambling operation is pleading no contest.

Jerry Bass on Friday entered a no contest plea to two counts of operating a lottery. The plea allows him to avoid prison time.

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Bass may testify as a witness for the prosecution and defense during the trial of other defendants, which is set to start next month.

Another defendant, John Hessong, was given the opportunity to enter a pretrial diversion program.

The investigation into Allied Veterans led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll after she was interviewed during the probe. She has denied wrongdoing and wasn't charged.

Florida Legislature banned the operations known as Internet cafes following the arrests of the 57 Allied Veterans defendants.

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marypeery378 - 9/11/2013 1:08 PM
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just as Angela implied I am alarmed that some people can get paid $9918 in 1 month on the internet. Look At This ...... w­w­w.D­A­Y­3­5.C­o­m

c9bcrewman - 8/28/2013 5:36 PM
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scum is right, make them pay every penny back, then 30 year's in prison.

wishmistress - 8/23/2013 11:46 AM
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These people are scum! To spend your days RIPPING OFF the very group of people who fight/die for your right to walk freely. No leniency!

Realchange - 8/23/2013 10:32 AM
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Again something needs to be brought up. The Florida lottery refused to pay out to a woman with a winning scratch off ticket worth 250k. Citing they only use the bar code to determine winners. The print shop misprinted her card. Even though her card was legitimate it said she won she did not as the bar code is all that is valid. It has bearing on this case the Florida lottery committed a crime when they did that insisting the bar code was the only valid evidence on the woman's card. They admitted she had not altered the card and refused to pay her. Why was no one from the Florida lottery arrested for fraud and deceptive adverting? You have winning ticket your scratch off says it and the Lottery cheats you isn't that crime ?
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