SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor told jurors that a Jacksonville lawyer should be found guilty of 104 criminal counts for helping build up a network of storefront casinos under the guise of a veteran's charity.
Prosecutor Lisa Acharekar on Tuesday asked jurors to convict attorney Kelly Mathis of racketeering, conspiracy, running a lottery and possessing slot machines in closing arguments at his trial.
Acharekar says Mathis determined where the Internet cafes run by Allied Veterans of the World were located and made other key decisions.
Defense attorneys say Mathis only acted as an attorney providing legal advice.
Mathis is the first of 56 defendants to go to trial in a case that led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and caused the Florida Legislature to ban the Internet cafes this year.