Attorney in Florida Gambling Scandal Talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The attorney who prosecutors say is behind a $300 million illegal gambling scam in Florida says he is not the ringleader of the internet cafe operation, and is only an attorney who gave legal advice.

During an hour-long interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Kelly Mathis said that his arrest last week has ruined his life.

Mathis says he has done nothing wrong. He says that Johnny Duncan and Jerry Bass, the two men who once owned Allied Veterans of the World, came to him about seven years ago and sought his legal advice.

Mathis says he took the business on as clients and eventually became the registered agent for several internet cafes.

Prosecutors say Allied Veterans of the World, is a charity that masked an illegal gambling ring.

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