- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned because of her ties to an Internet cafe company that is now under federal investigation.

Mrs. Carroll’s resignation was announced Wednesday, one day after she gave her resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott. His chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, says her resignation was spurred by an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World, which once was represented by Mrs. Carroll.

Officials from that nonprofit Internet cafe company recently were 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 Mrs. Carroll.

Mrs. Carroll’s ties to the company were questioned when she was in the Legislature when she proposed a bill that would benefit Internet cafes.

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