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Lt. Gov. Carroll resigns amid racketeering probe

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, left, and Gov. Rick Scott.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, left, and Gov. Rick Scott.



Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned Tuesday amid law enforcement questions about a Florida Internet sweepstakes company at the center of a nationwide criminal investigation.

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Key points:

  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Carroll Monday about her connections to the company, Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based non-profit that operates a chain of Internet cafes. Carroll once owned a public relations firm that represented Allied Veterans, and she did work for the company at the same time she served in the Florida House.
  • It’s unclear if Carroll is the target of any criminal charges. Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement officials have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference in Orlando to discuss the case. Gov. Rick Scott also has announced an afternoon press conference.
  • On Monday, leaders of the company and the head of Jacksonville’s police union were arrested on charges of racketeering and money laundering.
  • Allied is a big player in Florida. In 2011, it had 40 locations statewide. Allied has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on state lobbyists and contributed $25,000 for a Scott/Carroll inauguration event.


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 4:47pm]


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