SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - 9 Investigates has uncovered new evidence of the lavish lifestyles led by some strip mall casino operators.
When agents busted the Allied Veterans ring this month, they froze $100 million in bank accounts and seized dozens of luxury cars and pricey boats.
9 Investigates visited the $575,000 Ponce Inlet home of accused Allied Veterans operator Anthony Parker. A young man who answered the door there refused to speak for the family, but a large gray BMW was sitting in the driveway of the home.
According to investigative documents, Parker lived lavishly off money from the supposed charity helping veterans.
From him alone, agents seized two of BMW's largest sedans, a Hummer, a Jaguar and a Porsche. In addition, they took a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and seven
watercraft, including jet skis and motor boats.
And Parker wasn't even at the top of Allied leadership.
"It's interesting when sort of mid- to low-level operatives are living lifestyles of the rich and famous," said John Sowinski of NoCasinos.org.
Meanwhile, Brandon and Cynthia Weaver allegedly profited enough from their connection to a raided Orange City Allied Veterans location to get a house in a gated community right alongside the St. John's River.
Agents also seized two Chevy SUVs, a luxury Audi Q-7, a 31-foot cabin motor boat and three other boats and jet skis from the couple.
"It should be shocking to anyone. It comes as no surprise to those who have followed this industry a long time," said Sowinski.
All told, agents seized 80 cars and boats from Allied suspects -- everything from Maseratis to a humble, 1994 Ford.
Besides the $100 million in frozen personal and business accounts, agents also collected $582,000 in cash that
may have funded the scheme.
Money transfers from the supposed charity to the individual accounts were apparently seamless.
Investigators said the Weavers and Parker ran companies with names like Blue Water Technologies or Game Advice Inc., which got weekly direct deposits from Allied locations.