Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced on Wednesday.
According to news reports, on Tuesday, Carroll was interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is assisting in an investigation of Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based nonprofit that operated a chain of internet cafes.
Carroll, at one point, owned a public relations firm that represented Allied Veterans, and she did work for the company while serving in the Florida House.
Scott office released the following statement, tampabay.com reported:
“Individuals were arrested Tuesday for a racketeering and money laundering charges in connection with Allied Veterans of the Worlds illegal gambling companies. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll consulted for Allied Veterans while serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives in 2009 and 2010. She was interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers Tuesday regarding her work with the company. Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her former affiliations with the company from distraction from the administration’s important work on behalf of Florida families. She made the right decision for the state and her family.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Operations Center will hold a press conference later today to discuss the status of the joint investigation into the illegal activities of Allied Veterans of the World.