Bond reduced for alleged charity scam leader

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

SANFORD — The Jacksonville attorney who authorities say is at the center of a gambling charity operation under investigation is having his bond reduced from $1 million to $200,000.

A judge reduced Kelly Mathis' bond Friday during a closed-door session in Sanford.

Authorities say the operation Mathis was at the center of generated almost $300 million under the guise that proceeds were donated to veterans' groups, but actually only 2 percent of that was given to charity.

Mathis' attorney says his client did nothing wrong. His attorney, Mitchell Stone, says he expects Mathis to post the bond and be released from the Seminole County Jail later in the day.

The probe into the operations connected to Allied Veterans led to the resignation of Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll earlier this week.

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