Hotline set up for multi-million dollar gambling scheme
State investigators are still searching for four conspirators of the gambling scheme operated by Allied Veterans of the World.
To date, 57 individuals have been charged in the first phase of Operation “Reveal the Deal,” a $300 million racketeering, gambling, and money laundering scheme perpetrated through Allied Veterans of the World’s illegal gambling centers which operated under the guise of “internet cafes.”
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office established a toll free hotline for anyone who may have information and activities of the Florida gambling centers formerly operated by AVW.
The conspirators at large are Gary Wayne Davis, 68m and Diane Mays Davis, 65, of Hogansvill, GA; Michael William Graham, 41, of Little River, S.C., and Cary Grant Hardee, 64, who previously resided in Ponce Inlet.
Hardee may be in Tybee Island, GA. Graham may also be in Tabor City, NC or Murrells Inlet, SC.
The four face charges of Racketeer and Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO); RICO conspiracy; manufacture, sale, possession of slot machines; lottery; keeping gambling houses; and money laundering.
Since last Tuesday, investigators have seized thousands of items of evidence, including computers and servers, paper records, vehicles and vessels.
Also since last week, additional search warrants have been served in the Jacksonville area.
Investigators found $56,400 in cash and five million Iraqui dinars, equivalent to $4,300 US dollars, in the safety deposit box of conspirator Nelson Cuba.
Documents related to the gambling operations were found in a storage unit for Marthis and Murphy, P.A. as well as the office building for the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation.
Three safety deposit boxes in Manning, S.C. owned by conspirators Michael and Janis Ryles containing $212,507 were also seized.
In total, $583,507 in U.S. currency has been seized. Investigators also served seizure warrants on the bank accounts of many of the conspirators, locating a total of $100.6 million in those accounts.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the conspirators still at large is asked to contact SCSO at 407-665-6650.
Anyone interested in speaking with authorities about the conspiracy is encouraged to call the Gambling Task Force Hotline at 1-855-411-0760. Persons inquiring about individual gambling winnings or losses should contact Allied Veterans of the World.