Defense asks for Allied Veterans case to be tossed

Kelly Mathis accused of being mastermind behind $300M gambling operation

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SANFORD, Fla. - Attorneys for a Jacksonville lawyer asked judge to throw out charges alleging that Kelly Mathis helped build a $300 million gambling operation.

Mathis attorneys on Tuesday asked Judge Kenneth Lester to toss his case, claiming prosecutors failed to prove the Jacksonville attorney is guilty of any crime.

They say Mathis never controlled, owned or managed any of the dozens of Allied Veterans Internet cafes in Florida, and even if he did, the centers were offering sweepstakes not gambling.

Defense attorneys also said Mathis was acting only as an attorney, giving legal advice.

The arrest of Mathis and 56 other people in March prompted the Florida Legislature to ban Internet cafes and led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who had worked as a consultant for Allied Veterans.

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