The former President of the Florida Fraternal Order of Police has plead guilty in court to running an illegal lottery, illegally structuring financial transactions, and illegal possession of a slot machine.
Nelson Cuba plead guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor, avoiding trial on over a hundred other charges pertaining to his involvement in a gambling ring.
As a result of the plea, Cuba will be placed on house arrest for a year as well as four years probation, and will have to pay $30,000 in to a homeless veteran's charity as well as pay $250 per month during his probation and house arrest in fees. Cuba also had to give up his law enforcement certification, meaning that he can never be a police officer again.
Cuba and Robbie Freitas put in several deposits and withdrawals into a FOP Foundation bank account between 2009 and 2011, wherein they financed their gambling ring. The ring generated $300 million in revenues, and was busted up by authorities in 2013 during a raid. The case resulted in a significant political scandal in Florida, resulting in the resignation of former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.