ORLANDO, Fla. -- Illegal gambling, money laundering, buying expensive cars and boats with money meant to help veterans. They're allegations that have landed several high profile people in jail, including Allied Veterans commander Jerry Bass, FOP president Nelson Cuba, and the alleged ringleader, local attorney Kelly Mathis.
FDLE's Jerry Bailey said, "Our investigation suggests he profited at least $6 million from the gambling venture and he appears to be the commonality of those that have been arrested."
The investigation started three years ago. It centers around Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit organization designed to raise money for different veterans' charities.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said, "Claiming to be an organization designed to help veterans in order to run an illegal scheme insults every American who ever wore a military uniform."
Investigators say Allied Veterans raised money in what they call "fundraising centers," or Internet cafes. But investigators say those fundraising centers were nothing more than illegal gambling fronts.
Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said, "You really can't distinguish between a slot machine in Las Vegas and a slot machine in Allied Veterans gambling centers."
Investigators say Allied Veterans claimed to be donating 70% of its proceeds to charity when in fact, it was donating less than 2% and lining its pockets with the rest.
The investigation spanned six states and 23 Florida counties with 49 arrests made, while 57 arrest warrants and 53 search warrants were issued.
More arrests are expected.