I wrote an article yesterday on my Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer website. The article is named Jacksonville Arrest for Fraternal Order of Police President. In Jacksonville FL, it is a big deal that Nelson Cuba being was taken into custody. This is not just something that Jacksonville criminal lawyers talk about. It is all over the news. It is a hot topic in Northeast Florida. The article that I wrote discusses how Cuba was charged along with 56 other people as part of a federal racketeering and money laundering scheme. They are accused of operating a criminal enterprise through a charitable organization. Allied Veterans of the Worlds is the organization. It has a few locations in Jacksonville FL. Cuba is a co-owner of Allied Veterans. He is also the president of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police. He was not the only one affiliated with the FOP that was arrested. The Jax Daily Record reported:
“Cuba and FOP Vice President Robbie Freitas — both sworn officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office — were taken into custody. Cuba was arrested late Monday at a Fort Lauderdale hotel, where he was attending a pension conference. Freitas was arrested late Monday at his Jacksonville home…. While no agency will confirm the charges against the FOP executives, it appears they are connected to the federal investigation of Allied Veterans.”
The Fraternal Order of Police has release a statement:
“We have no information that any part of the FDLE investigation has been directed towards the Jacksonville FOP or the Jacksonville FOP Foundation. It is our understanding that among those detained by the FDLE was our Lodge President and First Vice-President, whose involvement is undetermined, but appears to be a result of their personal business relationships with Allied Veterans. … The FOP has by-laws in place to allow for daily operations of the Lodge to continue as usual without interruption.” (Jax Daily Record)
At this time there is no evidence that the FOP was affiliated with this crime. The downside is that their assets have been frozen. Today I read an article on News4jax.com about this story. They reported “Board member Joel Holley says foundation’s bank account is now frozen, and its biggest charitable fundraiser, Guns N’ Hoses, is coming up. That’s the annual boxing tournament between the police and fire departments.” This is a huge event in Jacksonville. It benefits charities for police and firefighters. The event is still listed online. It appears that tickets to Guns N’ Hoses are still for sale on the FOP website. Hopefully, innocent police officers, firefighters, and their families will not suffer due to these accusations.
This reminds me of something that Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys see this all too often. When a person is sent to prison, the entire family suffers. When a parent or spouse has a Florida suspended drivers license, the family takes a hit.