ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. —
Gillespie said regulators were surprised to hear of the glossy Children's Cancer brochure provided to an AP reporter visiting Old City Sweepstakes, which records show a lawyer from Mathis' firm registered with the state in August as a new affiliate of the charity.
Six more new affiliates were registered March 11, days before authorities began issuing arrest warrants in the Allied Veterans case.
Mathis said this week he remembers meeting Dukes when the charity president visited his Jacksonville law office years ago to hire him.
"Mr. Dukes did tell me that they want to give money for children and children's cancer," Mathis said, "which I thought was pretty obvious, given their name."