Judge drops 50 counts against lawyer in trial over $300M gambling operation
Posted Oct 2, 2013 8:04 AM CST
By Martha Neil
A judge has nixed more than 50 money-laundering counts against a Florida lawyer charged with masterminding an illegal $300 million gambling operation under the guise of a charity benefiting veterans.
However, that still leaves Kelly Mathis facing about 100 charges in the Sanford case, reports the Associated Press.
He and his lawyers have said he did nothing wrong and simply provided legal advice to his client, Allied Veterans of the World. The Florida legislature has since closed a loophole in the law that at least arguably made it possible for individuals to gamble legally on their computers via Internet cafes.
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