Scott Speaks on Internet Café Ban


Internet Cafés have operated in complex area of law for years. One business, in the shadow of the state Capitol closed at midnight, but that didn't stop people from showing up to play, including one senior who didn't us to use her name.

Governor Rick Scott signed the legislation behind closed doors

"I think the House is doing the right thing. You looked at the multi-state criminal conspiracy that Allied Veterans was involved in; they cracked down on illegal gaming. They've done the right thing," said Scott.

Scott's Lt. Governor resigned as more than 50 people were charged with racketeering. Jennifer Carroll had once done public relations for the company Allied Veterans. It was her high profile involvement the sped lawmakers into action.

The bill sponsor says that those Internet Café that don't change their business model or close can expect the visit from law enforcement.

"I've heard from some law enforcement officers that they'll go around if they're in operation they think they're doing illegal activities. They'll give them a warning give them a chance to adjust," said Sen. John Thrasher.

The closures are expected to put thousands of people out of work.

There are now hard numbers on how many internet cafes have been set up in Florida because there is no regulation, but estimates suggest at least a thousand or more. Just over 50 operated by Allied Veterans have been closed in the Ricco investigation, but other companies are being investigated as well.


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