Behind the Florida Internet cafes was a group called Allied Veterans of the World, which falsely claimed to be a charitable veterans organization, authorities said. More than 50 people are charged in the criminal case in Florida.
The former Florida lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, a Republican, has not been charged. She resigned after being questioned by investigators.
Chase Burns was a major political donor in both Florida and North Carolina. He donated at least $235,500 in North Carolina and more than $340,000 in Florida in the past two years, records show.
He gave $4,000 to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. His wife also donated $4,000 to McCrory.
After learning of the Burnses' donations to him, McCrory sent $8,000 from his campaign to a nonprofit homeless shelter in Durham, N.C.
Other politicians have acted similarly, sending to charities campaign funds equal to any donation from Chase Burns.
Chase Burns has made only a couple of donations in Oklahoma over the last few years, records show.