Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned after she was questioned by authorities about her ties to an Internet gambling company that is being investigated for racketeering.
Ms. Carroll’s resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott, dated Tuesday, offered no details about the Republican’s reason for leaving, the Associated Press reported.
But Mr. Scott’s chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, said she was interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers Tuesday regarding her work with Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based nonprofit that operates a chain of internet cafes. She once owned a public relations firm that represented that 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,” said Mr. Hollingsworth in a prepared statement. “She made the right decision for the state and her family.”
The owner of Allied Veterans was arrested Tuesday in Oklahoma on charges of racketeering, the AP reported. He is accused of making $290 million after supplying illegal gambling software in Florida and claiming the games’ proceeds would benefit a veterans group. Oklahoma authorities say the group actually received only 1 percent of the money. Chase Egan Burns, 37, and his wife, 38-year-old Kristin Burns, both face extradition to Florida to face the charges.