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Veterans Charity Scandal: Kelly Mathis guilty

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Updated: 10/11/2013 8:18 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- Jurors convicted Kelly Mathis on 103 of 104 counts he faced in connection with a multimillion dollar illegal gambling scheme that revolved around Internet cafes.

Mathis told Action News he is "shocked" by the verdict.

He faces seven to 320 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for February 12 at 8:30 a.m.

[Special Coverage: Veterans Charity Scandal]

Mathis was one of 57 people arrested in March after the state raided and closed those Internet cafes, which were tied to Allied Veterans of the World, a charity that housed homeless vets.

While million of dollars were made in the Internet cafes, the state alleges only about 2 percent of its earnings actually went to the charity.

Most of the major players in this case have reached a deal with the state. Many pleaded no contest in exchange for dropped or reduced charges.

Mathis refused to take a deal. 

The guilty verdicts are for RICO, illegal slots, and lottery.  He was acquitted on one count of Conspiracy to RICO.
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c9bcrewman - 10/13/2013 11:32 AM
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give him the max, 320 year's.

warpsix - 10/12/2013 12:44 PM
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So where did all that Money go? Who ended up with it? Will the Vets get any of it?

whosaysnocan - 10/11/2013 6:56 PM
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Oh joy! Hope he receives all he deserves for deceiving our veterans.
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