Internet Cafes

News4Jax

Now that a federal judge has denied an injunction request, scores of internet cafes in Jacksonville must shut their doors. 

News4Jax

By February, the more than 200 adult arcades - or what used to be called internet cafés - in Jacksonville should be closed.  

Business Brief: Jacksonville Looks To Stem Internet Cafe Boom

Oct 4, 2018
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Of the hundreds of internet cafes that have opened in strip malls across Jacksonville, only 90 have obtained a certificate of use, according to the city of Jacksonville.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Illegal Gaming Task Force served more than a dozen search warrants Thursday in five Florida counties, including at seven Internet cafes in Jacksonville.

Violence on the Northside, internet cafes reconsidered by state lawmakers, and harsh criticism for Governor Scott by state Democrats are in the headlines today.

Jennifer Carroll has a new job. The former lieutenant governor has accepted a position as a senior adviser for Global Digital Solutions, which manufactures military weapons, according to WOKV Jacksonville. She's expected to become president and COO of the company after it merges with Airtronic USA.

In March, Carroll abruptly resigned from her post as second-in-command to Governor Rick Scott over her involvement with a charity that's accused of operating an illegal gambling ring. She has not been charged with any crime.

Kevin Meerschaert

The following is a reporter's log from WJCT senior staff reporter Kevin Meerschaert, detailing his experience visiting two internet cafes after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill to close those establishments in the state.

Only a few minutes after news got out that Governor Rick Scott had signed the bill, about a half dozen women were walking out of the Hardwired Internet Cafe on the Southbank Riverwalk in Downtown Jacksonville. One turned and locked the door. The sign that said the cafe was open 24-hours a day/7 days a week remained. 

State of Florida

A State Senate Committee unanimously passed a bill today that would shut down internet gaming centers in Florida.

Supporters say the legislation closes a loophole in state law that allows illegal gambling to take place.

        

How Do Internet Cafes Work?

Mar 14, 2013
Florida Times-Union

A sweepstakes café must have 3 things to be illegal: price, chance, and consideration. Consideration means that they buy directly into the game as you would when buying a lottery ticket. With an internet café, the patrons are buying internet “time” instead. They use the time to redeem points and “cash out” at the end of their session.

Kevin Meerschaert

    Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says the arrests of Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba and Vice-President Robbie Freitas shows no one in his department is above the law.

 Rutherford told reporters on Wednesday about the two officers’ roles in the Allied Veterans of the World conspiracy.

Law enforcement officials say Cuba and Freitas received more than 500-thousand dollars through a shell corporation during an 18-month period.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released more information about what they're calling Operation Reveal The Deal: 

Channel 4 News/WJXT

Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba is among the local figures arrested as part of a multi-state gambling investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World and its internet cafes.

Cuba and his second-in-command, Robbie Freitas have reportedly been arrested on racketeering charges. Three executives with Allied Veterans were also arrested including the head of the organization, Jerry Bass, executive Mike Davis, and attorney Kelly Mathis.

According to Federal documents, the charges stem from an investigation into how much money Allied Veterans gave to charity. The organization claimed their facilities were fundraising centers,  but the investigators say they were Internet casinos operating in violation of Florida’s gambling laws. While Allied Veterans said it was donating 70% or more of its proceeds to charity, authorities say they really only gave about 2% of  profits to veterans’ causes.

The investigation is being conducted by the IRS and the United States Secret Service, with help from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and several local agencies in the state including the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

They received search warrants for 51 Allied Veterans properties in Florida including 8 in Duval County, 2 in Nassau County and 1 each in Flagler, Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement saying that the arrests of its top leaders were related to the mens’ private business and unrelated to their duties with the F-O-P.