Florida Expected to Pass Law to Combat Illegal Gambling
The Florida governor is expected to sign a bill which would ban strip-mall parlours from operating slot machines.
The bill comes after investigators have targeted fifty parlours affiliated with Allied Veterans of the World; the supposed charity was in actual fact a front for a $300 million gambling operation and just gave a small amount to veterans.
It is thought that the new laws will come into effect within days, but it is not yet known if gaming parlours will be challenging the new laws in court.
The investigation into Allied Veterans has stirred up such controversy as almost 90 local officials and candidates in 20 Florida counties received political contributions from the parlours, their owners and their political committees over the past few years. Furthermore, on the state level over $1 million has been contributed to officials and candidates by companies tied to Allied Veterans.
According to investigators, just 2% of Allied Veterans $300 million earnings actually went to veterans’ charities. The rest was spent on boats, real estate and sports cars for the company’s owners.