Children's cancer charity linked to internet gambling cafes

Second racketeering case being investigated by Florida regulators

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SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Florida regulators are launching an investigation into a South Carolina children's cancer group possibly connected to a string of Internet cafes that offer simulated gambling.

The new probe comes in response to Associated Press inquiries about Children's Cancer Cooperative. It also follows 57 arrests in a separate racketeering case involving a similar operation that benefited a veterans' charity and took in nearly $300 million.

An AP review of public records shows that the cancer organization is aligned with four times as many sweepstakes cafes as the veterans' charity.

In exchange for the money from the cafes, the cancer charity's name is listed as sponsoring sweepstakes prizes at the cafes.

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