SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - One of the men who authorities say was involved in a scam to use a veterans' charity as a front for an illegal gambling operation that took in nearly $300 million has entered a no contest plea.
Former Allied Veterans commander Johnny Duncan on Wednesday pleaded no contest to one count of money laundering and four counts of maintaining an illegal lottery. He will be sentenced to probation at a later date.
The group's current commander, Jerry Bass, also was in Seminole County court Wednesday, but he was granted a week to consider a plea offer.
The investigation into Allied Veterans of the World led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll after she was interviewed during the probe. She has denied wrongdoing and wasn't charged.
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