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Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns; tied to firm under investigation

Mar. 13, 2013
Florida Lt. Gov. resigns amid internet gambling sc...
Florida Lt. Gov. resigns amid internet gambling sc...: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll announced her resignation Wednesday, a day after she was questioned by authorities investigating an Internet cafe company that she once represented.
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Gov. Rick Scott stand near the intersection of "Jennifer Carroll St." and "Rick Scott Way" during the inaugural parade Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 along Monroe St. in Tallahassee, Fla. / PHIL SEARS/Democrat


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida's lieutenant governor has resigned because of her ties to an Internet cafe company that is now under federal investigation.

Jennifer Carroll's resignation was announced Wednesday, one day after she gave her resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott. His chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, says her resignation was spurred by an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World, which was once represented by Carroll.

Officials from that nonprofit Internet cafe company were recently arrested on racketeering charges. The owner was arrested Tuesday in connection to allegations that he made $290 million after supplying illegal gambling software in Florida and claiming the games' proceeds would benefit a veterans group. Authorities also interviewed Carroll.

It comes amid an investigation into Carroll's involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates internet cafes in Florida and is being investigated for racketeering.

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