Prosecutors rest in Fla. charity gambling scandal

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Associated Press

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 1:33 PM

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case in the prosecution of a Jacksonville attorney who they claim was the mastermind behind a veterans group that ran a $300 million gambling operation.

Prosecutors told jurors at attorney Kelly Mathis' trial Monday that they had rested their case, less than 10 days after opening statements.

The prosecution rested without calling some of Mathis' key co-defendants who had reached deals with prosecutors.

Mathis' attorney says the fact that prosecutors didn't call leaders of Allied Veterans of the World or the owner of a company that made software for Allied Veterans centers shows the weakness of the prosecution's case.

Prosecutors on Monday refused to comment on why they didn't call the other co-defendants as witnesses.

Defense attorneys will ask the judge Tuesday to dismiss the case.

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