SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor says a lawyer should be found guilty because he helped build a network of storefront casinos throughout the state under the guise of a veterans' charity.
During closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutor Lisa Acharekar asked jurors to convict Kelly Mathis of more than 100 criminal counts, including racketeering and running a lottery.
The arrests of Mathis and more than 50 other defendants led to the resignation of Florida's lieutenant governor earlier this year and a ban on all Internet cafes in Florida.
Mathis has said he was merely acting as an attorney for the charity, giving legal advice. And they say the Internet cafes were legal until the Legislature banned them this year. His attorneys have said Mathis never controlled any part of Allied Veterans of the World.
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