ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- Florida's statewide prosecutor told a jury that a Jacksonville attorney "gamed" the legal system in creating a network of gambling centers throughout Florida under the guide of a charitable veterans' group.
Statewide prosecutor Nicholas Cox told jurors Thursday that attorney Kelly Mathis built up the network of casinos by claiming they were businesses where customers could buy Internet time.
In opening statements of Mathis' trial, Cox noted that most customers at the Allied Veterans' Internet cafes played slot machine games and didn't use the Internet. He also said very little of the $300 million generated by the Internet cafes went to veterans.
Mathis is pleading not guilty to dozens of charges. He claims he only gave legal advice and did nothing wrong.
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