No prison time for former Allied Veterans leader who pleaded to operating illegal lottery


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SANFORD, Florida — The former leader of a veterans' charity that prosecutors once said was a $300 million gambling operation won't face any prison time.

Jerry Bass was sentenced Monday to time served in Seminole County Court. He was given credit for time he spent in the Seminole County Jail and must pay court costs.

Last year, Bass entered a no-contest plea to two counts of operating an illegal lottery.

Bass had been expected to testify at last year's trial of Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, but he was never called.

Mathis was convicted on 103 counts of racketeering, helping to run a lottery and possessing slot machines.

The case led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and caused the Legislature to ban Internet cafes.

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