JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has learned another charity is under investigation after the arrests in the Allied Veterans of the World charity scandal.
The Children's Cancer Cooperative website describes its mission as helping kids in need of medical support and it donated thousands to local hospitals.
In fact, Action News has learned it gave $1 million to Wolfson Children's Hospital and more money to the Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville.
But the South Carolina-based charity, started in 1999, is now under investigation here in Florida. A spokesperson for the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tells Action News the agency is looking at the charity again after the 57 arrests involving Allied Veterans of the World.
"Some of the people were the same," said spokeswoman Erin Gillespie.
One of those same people was Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis. Police call him the mastermind in the Allied Veterans scandal. We found Mathis is also the lawyer for the Children's Cancer Cooperative. The organization has some 200 internet cafes around Florida. "We know the casinos are taking in money and if they are going to charity, it's a very small amount," said Gillespie.
Now, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants to track those dollars. "They have received $2 million in total last year, but we don't know where that money came from," said Gillespie.
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services first investigated the charity in 2011 after receiving complaints of signs posted in the charity's casinos. "You can't put signs saying the money is going to charity," said Gillespie.
An investigation was done, and the Children's Cancer Cooperative took the signs down. Now, Gillespie says the group is still putting out information about donating to charity. "When you go to a casino, they're handing out brochures and telling people it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's all going to a good cause and that's not true," said Gillespie.
Action News did call the Children's Cancer Cooperative. A woman there told us they had no comment on this investigation.