|Published:||Apr 18, 2013 11:07 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 18, 2013 11:07 AM EDT|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Seventeen people who worked at Internet cafes that were shut down after lawmakers banned the businesses have applied for unemployment benefits in Jacksonville.
The group of people on Wednesday wore t-shirts with the words "Recall Rick" printed on them, a nod to Gov. Rick Scott who signed the bill to ban storefront gaming operations April 12.
The unemployed gaming center workers told The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/ZBP0Ff) that closing the state's estimated 1,500 strip-mall gaming centers was the wrong reaction to a federal racketeering investigation into Allied Veterans of the World.
It was accused of running a $290 million illegal gambling business that directed most of the proceeds into its owners' pockets. Law enforcement authorities last month arrested nearly 60 people affiliated with Allied.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com
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