Attorney in Fla. gambling scheme found guilty

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida attorney who claims he only was giving legal advice has been convicted of helping establish a $300 million gambling operation that masqueraded as a veterans’ charity.

Six jurors deliberated for more than 14 hours over two days before finding Kelly Mathis of Jacksonville guilty of possessing slot machines, helping to operate a lottery and racketeering. He was found guilty Friday on all but one of 104 counts against him.

The arrest of Mathis and his co-defendants earlier this year led to the resignation of Florida’s lieutenant governor and a ban on so-called Internet cafes in Florida.

Mathis said he was “shocked” as he walked out of the courtroom.

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