ORLANDO, Fla. (970 WFLA/AP)- A jury has been selected in the trial of a Jacksonville attorney accused of being the mastermind behind a veteran's charity that prosecutors say actually was a $290 million gambling operation.
Opening statements are set for Thursday morning in Kelly Mathis' trial on money laundering and other charges.
Prosecutors say Mathis and the operators of allied veterans of the world were running a mostly bogus charity that got its money from dozens of casinos masquerading as internet cafes throughout Florida.
Mathis claims he only was giving legal advice and that the internet cafes were legal.
The arrest of Mathis and 56 others prompted the Florida legislature to ban the storefront internet cafes. It also led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who had worked as a consultant.