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Jennifer Carroll says she resigned to avoid being a distraction

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who abruptly resigned today, said she left office to prevent the investigation into a company she once represented from undermining the work of Gov. Rick Scott. Allied Veterans of the World, a registered non-profit that operated a chain of internet cafes, is currently at the center of a national racketeering investigation.

Carroll did public relations for Allied Veterans during 2009 and 2010, the same time she was serving in the Florida House. Law enforcement questioned her about involvements with the company on Tuesday, shortly before submitting a two-sentence resignation letter.

"Having learned that Allied Veterans is now the subject of an investigation by federal and state agencies, I have and will continue to fully cooperate with any investigation," Carroll said in a 400-word statement emailed to the news media Wednesday. "Although I do not believe I or my company are targets of the investigation, I could not allow my company's former affiliation with Allied Veterans to distract from the administration's important work for the families of Florida."

The statement goes on to list Carroll's professional accomplishments, especially when it comes to veteran affairs. She says it was "an honor and a privilege" to serve her fellow Floridians.

"Although I have made a decision to leave public office, I will not withdraw from public life," Carroll wrote. "I look forward to continuing to make Florida a better place for all, especially our men and women in uniform."

Download Jennifer Carroll statement on resignation