US authorities have charged fifty-seven people in a multi-state multi-agency investigation into illegal gambling involving a veterans charity which operated internet slot parlours across Florida.

At a press conference earlier this week, local, state and federal law enforcement officials announced that fifty-seven individuals had been charged with illegal activity linked to a $300m conspiracy orchestrated by veterans charity Allied Veterans of the World.

Operation “Reveal the Deal” uncovered a sophisticated racketeering and money laundering scheme stemming from 49 illegal gambling centres operating under the guise of internet cafes, operated by Allied Veterans of the World.

According to US authorities, Allied Veterans of the World falsely claimed to be a charitable veterans’ organization, but instead deceived the public and government while lining the pockets of its operators.

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