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Murman issues statement on Allied Veterans' sweepstakes cafe investigation



Hillsborough County commissioner Sandy Murman, who pushed for a crackdown on internet sweepstakes cafes locally, issued a statement Wednesday praising state and federal authorities for their racketeering investigating into one of the larger state operators, Allied Veterans of the World.

Law enforcement has arrested nearly 60 people associated with the Florida-based non-profit this week on charges that include illegal gambling, racketeering and money laundering. Investigators say the company tried to scheme and defraud the public and government agencies by misrepresenting how much it donated to the Veterans Administration.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned Tuesday after law enforcement questioned her about ties to the non-profit. She owned a public relations firm that did work for Allied Veterans.

Murman pushed for and won support for a new ordinance that effectively outlawed internet sweepstakes cafes in Hillsborough County or at least made it difficult for them to operate, resulting in most of them closing.

"We trust that actions taken by local, state and federal agents will make our county a safe and healthy place for our children and families to live, work and play," her statement says. Read the rest here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:06pm]


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