Florida’s Lt. Governor Resigns Amid Gambling Probe
Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned Wednesday amid questions from investigators about her role in an allegedly corrupt veterans’ charity.
Reuters reported that Carroll’s resignation came the same day that 57 people connected to the charity, Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on racketeering and money laundering charges. Several officials with the charity, which operates Internet gambling parlors, have been accused of donating very little of the $300 million in proceeds brought in by the parlors to veterans, instead spending most of the money on luxury items for themselves.
Carroll, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, was co-owner of a public relations firm that represented Allied Veterans and worked for the group during some of the seven years she served in the Florida House of Representatives.
Carroll turned in her resignation to Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday. In a statement to the press, Carroll said, “Although I do not believe I or my company are targets of the investigation, I could not allow my company’s former affiliation with Allied Veterans to distract from the administration’s important work for the families of Florida.”