Jacksonville Sheriff's Office press conference on 'Operation Reveal the Deal'
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sheriff John Rutherford of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said he initially launched a criminal enterprise investigation in 2007, but it wasn't until 2010 that a second enterprise investigation led him to local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Nelson Cuba.
The investigation found that Cuba and Vice President of FOP Robbie Freitas received more than $500,000 through a shell corporation over an 18-month period. The two allegedly withdrew small amounts of cash weekly in order to avoid detection.
In 2010, JSO merged with the Secret Service and Seminole County law enforcement, agencies that had developed similar investigations.
"Operation Reveal The Deal" ultimately revealed that about 49 gambling centers were operating in Allied Veterans of the World facilities disguised as internet cafes. Allied Veterans of the World, Inc is a registered charitable organization in Florida. The investigation revealed that the gambling centers were generating over $300 million in proceeds, only two percent of which were going to charities.
The illegal distribution of proceeds from January 2008 to January 2012 is as follows:
$194 million - For profit entities
$63 million - International Internet Technologies (company that provides gambling software)
$30 million - Allied Veterans of the World, Inc.
$6 million - Attorney Kelly Mathis, Mathis and Murphy P.A.
$5 million - Charities
$2 million - Political and Lobbying contributions
Six states are involved in the investigation; Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Twenty-three Florida counties are involved. Fifty-seven arrest warrants have been signed. Fifty-three search warrants were performed. Two-hundred sixty bank accounts have been frozen and 170 properties have been seized by the government. In total, 80 vehicles and vessels have been confiscated.
The charges for the arrested include Racketeer and Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO), RICO conspiracy, money laundering, keeping gambling houses, slot machines and lottery.
First Coast News