Allied Veterans Leader Pleads No Contest, Avoids Jail Time
August 23, 2013 | WMFE - The leader of Allied Veterans of the World will avoid jail time, after pleading no contest Friday to two counts of operating a lottery. Authorities say internet cafes run by Jerry Bass were a front for a statewide $300 million gambling operation.
The deal means Bass could testify next month at the trial of other defendants connected to Allied Veterans.
More than 50 people were arrested after a three-year investigation into Allied Veterans. The investigation began in Seminole County and included federal, state and local law enforcement.
Authorities say the organization claimed to help veterans but really was a multi-state gambling, racketeering and money-laundering scheme.
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned after the investigation. She had consulted for Allied Veterans in 2009 and 2010 when she was a state House representative.
The Florida Legislature banned internet cafes.