JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Robbie Freitas was the number two man for the Fraternal Order of Police, the Vice President under Nelson Cuba. Since the two union leaders were arrested in March as part of the illegal gambling investigation into Allied Veterans of the World, Cuba has been on voluntary leave without pay.
Meanwhile, Action News has learned Robbie Freitas is still collecting a check. Action News has confirmed through the Police and Fire Pension Fund that, after his arrest, Freitas retired from JSO and is collecting his pension.
Curtis Lee, a concerned taxpayer, requested internal documents from the Pension Fund, which show just how much money Freitas is collecting.
"Robbie Freitas is going to get about $40,000 a year from taxpayers. And that will escalate at 3% per year," he said. "I would prefer to see pensions suspended if people are indicted for serious crimes. That would make a lot more sense to me."
Lee fears a repeat of what happened in the case of Richard Cannon, a Jacksonville police officer turned convicted child molester. As Cannon serves a 30 year prison sentence, he's collecting a pension being paid for by you. The PFPF Board of Trustees decided Cannon was entitled to his benefits because he didn't use his status as a police officer to commit the crime.
"All of these people are collecting pensions at our expense," said Lee.
The Police and Fire Pension Fund will also have the final say in Freitas' case, should he be convicted.
Freitas is due back in court in August.
The Allied Veterans of the World was built to help homeless veterans. It was supposed to raise money for the charity through online gaming at internet cafes. Investigators say those online gaming centers raised $300 million, but only about 2 percent actually went to the charity. The rest, investigators say, lined the pockets of the suspects.