Suspects In Allied Veterans Of The World Gambling Case Go Before Judge

May 7, 2013

Sweepstakes centers all over the First Coast were closed closed as a result of a national investigation of St. Augustine-based Allied Veterans of America.
Credit Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union

Dozens of defendants charged with running a gambling operation disguised as a veterans charity are due to appear before a judge today.

The suspects charged with racketeering and conspiracy will have their arraignment in a courtroom in Seminole County.

During the hearing, the defendants will be read the charges against them and have a chance to enter a plea.

Almost 60 defendants with ties to Florida-based Allied Veterans of the World were arrested in March.

Investigators say Allied Veterans spent just 2 percent of its $300 million earnings on veterans' charities while its leaders spent millions on boats, real estate and sports cars.

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned after she was interviewed as part of the probe. She denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged in the investigation.