Florida Lt. Governor Resigns as Investigations over Illegal Online Gambling Continues

Online GamblingWhere other elected state officials make the news for either supporting or opposing a bill to legalize online gambling, Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll is making headlines for having tie-ups with Allied Veterans of the World. Earlier this week, the Feds cracked down on the non-profit organization Allied Veterans of the World Inc. after three-years of investigative work called “Operation Reveal the Deal”, which uncovered various illegal operations including Internet gambling, money laundering and racketeering activities.

Although, there are no charges filed against the Lt. Governor, she deemed it best to hand over her resignation to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the day after officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, interviewed her. The Lt. Governor cited no other reasons for her resignation other than to prevent any distractions that could hamper the administration’s important work.

Allied Veterans World Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose main goal is to provide a temporary place in which returning but homeless war veterans can stay, while trying to get their feet back on the ground. Initially, the organization held bake sales and bingo socials to raise funds for the veterans, until it formed an association with a private company involved in operating Internet centers in 2007. By 2009, a Seminole Country Sheriff started investigating an Internet café run by the non-profit organization in Seminole County, which stemmed from complaints initiated and filed by a World War II veteran.

In 2009 to 2010, Lt. Governor Carroll, a Navy Gulf War Veteran herself, did consulting work for Allied Veterans of the World, while serving as a lawmaker in the Florida House of Representatives. In 2011, she appeared in a television commercial promoting Allied Veterans of the World and its charitable operations.

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