As of Thursday, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s official page www.flgov.com/meet-the-lt-governor was displaying ‘Page Not Found’ error. The page was most likely removed after she tendered her resignation on Wednesday – the same day 57 people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on charges related to racketeering and money laundering. It is further alleged that those persons are accused of purchasing luxury items for themselves instead of channelling proceeds to veterans.
On Tuesday, Caroll reportedly answered questions from investigators about her role in an allegedly corrupt veterans’ charity. Carroll, who was the second black person and first female to assume the post, has not been arrested.
“I want any funds from these groups to immediately be given to charity. I have zero tolerance for this kind of criminal activity, period,” Gov. Rick Scott told media during a press cinference on Wednesday.
“Carroll consulted for this company in 2009 and 2010 when she was serving in the Florida House of Representatives,” he added. “The Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Lt. Gov. Carroll about her work for this company, and yesterday Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her affiliation with the company from distracting our efforts to help make sure we do the right thing for Florida families.”
Scott did notelaborate on any potential connection between Carroll and Allied Veterans of the World. However, he did note her efforts made on behalf of the state of Florida. “She was tireless,” he said. “She put a lot of effort into military and getting jobs going and I am grateful for her service.”
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