ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer who prosecutors say was the ringleader for a veterans' charity operation that was a front for a $300 million gambling operation wants his case transferred to Jacksonville.
Attorney Kelly Mathis on Thursday filed a request to have his case transferred to Duval County from Seminole County.
Mathis says that the crimes he is accused of committing happened in Jacksonville, where Mathis practices law.
Mathis was the registered agent for many of the Allied Veteran affiliates, which prosecutors say operated so-called Internet cafes. He is pleading not guilty to money laundering, running a lottery and other charges.
Mathis says the only work he did in Seminole County was file a federal lawsuit challenging the county's ban on Internet cafes. He says the sheriff launched an investigation after that.