Florida Lt. Gov. resigns amid racketeering probe

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R)  has resigned her post as a nonprofit organization she was involved in is investigated on racketeering charges.

“Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her former affiliation with the company from distracting from the administration’s important work on behalf of Florida Families,” a spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott (R) told the Jacksonville Times.

The IRS and Secret Service accuse the nonprofit company, Allied Veterans, of money laundering, siphoning profit funds and misrepresenting how much money went to charity. At least five people connected to the organization have been arrested.

Carroll's former company did consulting work for Allied Veterans and appeared in ads praising the group. While serving in the state House, she introduced legislation that would have legalized sweepstakes games offered at Allied Veterans Internet cafes but quickly withdrew it, saying it was submitted by a staffer without her approval.

Scott is planning a news conference for Wednesday afternoon.

A Navy veteran, Carroll has twice run for Congress unsuccessfully, and she led the state Department of Veterans Affairs under former governor Jeb Bush (R). She has served with Scott since he took office in 2011.

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