Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns

Mar 13, 2013

Update 10:30 am: The Governor's Office has confirmed both Matt Dixon's story from the Florida Times Union and Tia Mitchell's piece in the Tampa Bay Times. The Governor will answer questions at 3:00 this afternoon at the Capitol.

Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll's Letter of Resignation
Credit Miami Herald

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

Official Portrait
Credit State of Florida

  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.