MCPO Ret. in TN sends us a link to an article from the Orlando Sentinel about an organization that I’d never heard about before now. Johnny Duncan, the national leader of the Allied Veterans of the World, pleaded no contest to charges of money laundering and operating an illegal lottery with money that meant for veterans;
Duncan, 66, was arrested in March along with more than 50 other co-defendants, most on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and possessing slot machines. They’re accused of turning Internet cafes into illegal casinos by transforming personal computers into virtual slot machines.
Prosecutors’ No. 1 target, Jacksonville lawyer Kelly Mathis, the group’s general counsel, was not due in court Wednesday. He is set for trial next month.
I tried to look up what the organization’s mission is, but every website is an attack site, so much for that. Their Facebook page says;
Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. & Affiliates is a 501(c)-19 nonprofit veterans’ service organization and a member of the Veterans Administration. Headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, the organization has 16 affiliates across the state. Its mission is to help fellow veterans, first responder organizations and other charitable organizations in need by contributing time, money and support services. Since Dec. 2007, Allied Veterans has donated more than $5.4 million to veterans, community and first responder organizations in the Jacksonville area.
But the Sentinel tells the story differently;
At the time of the arrests, authorities accused Allied of grossing $300 million but providing just two percent of that as charity to veterans.
Five and a half million bucks sounds good until you hear it’s only 2% of their income.