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Dadeville man faces 17 charges

Published 11:16am Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Dadeville man is making regional headlines after an investigation into a charity uncovered an alleged $300 million sophisticated gambling and money laundering scheme.

Samuel Keeble, 58, of Dadeville was arrested in connection to the case. He has been charged with multiple counts of racketeering, along with other felonies – a total of 17 charges.

According to DPD Chief David Barbour, Dadeville police accompanied the U.S. Secret Service to pick up Keeble at his residence on Old Millers Ferry Road March 12.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, operation “Reveal the Deal” began as an investigation of an alleged charity known as Allied Veterans of the World.

The FDLE alleges that AVOW has been falsely posing as a charitable organization and instead has been lining the pockets of its operators.

Officers began executing 54 search warrants and 57 arrests warrants Monday, with the warrants covering 23 Florida counties and five states.

According to the investigators, so-called “Internet cafes” played a large role in the scheme.

In an affidavit, records show that Keeble had been operating three Internet cafes in Florida under the name of MSG Business Centers, along with two other business partners.

Investigators allege that these cafes, registered as Hotspot Internet Center #39, Hotspot Internet Center #40 and Hotspot Internet Center #43, were in fact gambling centers. But during the period from January 2008 to January 2012, less than 2 percent of the $300 million in revenues were actually donated to charity.

The FDLE said that the four co-conspirators – Johnny Duncan, 62, of Boiling Springs, S.C., Jerry Bass, 62, of Jacksonville, Fla., Chase Burns, 37, of Fort Cobb, Okla., and Kelly Mathis, 49, also of Jacksonville, Fla. – received more than $90 million in proceeds from the scheme.

The remaining $194 million in gambling proceeds were allegedly hid and distributed by 53 other conspirators, one of which was Keeble. As of Monday, 49 of the 53 suspects had been apprehended.

All suspects arrested in this case are being charged with first-degree felonies and will be held initially on a no bond status.

Operation “Reveal the Deal” began in July 2009 and was conducted by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, and the United States Secret Service. The agencies worked in partnership with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the United States Attorney’s Office.