Jennifer Carroll

State of Florida

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has described her exit from office more than two years ago as a "knee jerk reaction" by Gov. Rick Scott.

Now, Scott will get the final say in Carroll having to pay a $1,000 fine to resolve allegations she did not properly report income from consulting work that led to her sudden resignation.

The state Commission on Ethics on Friday unanimously, and without comment, agreed to support the fine as part of an agreement with Carroll.

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The Florida Commission on Ethics has found probable cause that former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll did not properly report income from consulting work that led to her 2013 resignation, but it cleared Carroll of potentially more-serious allegations regarding her dealings with Allied Veterans of the World.

In response, Carroll said the decision vindicated her, and she called again for Gov. Rick Scott to publicly apologize for pushing her out of office in the wake of an illegal gambling probe.

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Only about eight months ago, Jacksonville's Five Star Veterans Center didn’t know from one day to the next whether it's doors would remain open.

Today, not only is the facility for homeless military veterans still open, it’s getting a facelift thanks to about 100 local volunteers and big box hardware retailer The Home Depot.

CEO Len Loving was amazed on Thursday as volunteers began renovations.

"They’re all over the place like ants, outside doing the landscaping as well as doing the inside," he said.

Florida’s racketeering case against the Allied Veterans of the World goes to trial in a little over a month. One defense attorney sees the recent withdrawal of the state’s lone gambling expert as a cause for optimism. 

Jacksonville-based Allied Veterans of the World operated dozens of internet cafes across the state, until the day federal and state investigators closed 49 of them for alleged illegal gambling.

Jennifer Carroll has a new job. The former lieutenant governor has accepted a position as a senior adviser for Global Digital Solutions, which manufactures military weapons, according to WOKV Jacksonville. She's expected to become president and COO of the company after it merges with Airtronic USA.

In March, Carroll abruptly resigned from her post as second-in-command to Governor Rick Scott over her involvement with a charity that's accused of operating an illegal gambling ring. She has not been charged with any crime.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released more information about what they're calling Operation Reveal The Deal: