UPDATE: Fla. Lt. Gov. Carroll Resigns Amid Gambling Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE 3:22 P.M.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has no knowledge that former Lt. Jennifer Carroll has broken the law.

Carroll abruptly resigned Tuesday amid a federal investigation into a purported veterans charity. Carroll once did public relations for the charity Allied Veterans of the World. She was questioned in the investigation, but she has not been charged with wrongdoing.

Scott met briefly with reporters Wednesday and called Carroll's resignation disappointing. But he refused to say if he asked her to resign.

Scott said he been periodically updated about the investigation but would not discuss it.

Scott said Wednesday that he wants to wait until the annual legislative session is over before picking a replacement to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned amid fallout from an investigation into internet cafes that are fronts for gambling.

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

Officials from that non-profit 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.

Carroll's ties to the company were questioned when she was in the Legislature when she proposed a bill that would benefit Internet cafes.

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