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Lt. Gov. Carroll once represented internet cafe chain targeted by feds

A national probe of of a Florida-based non-profit that operates a chain of internet cafes has led to the arrest of several of the organization's leaders and the heads of Jacksonville's police union. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll owned a firm that once handled public relations for the company, Allied Veterans of the World.

Carroll's company, 3 N. and J.C. Corporation, is currently inactive, according to SunBiz. Allied Veterans paid her for consulting and communications work during the same time that Carroll was serving in the Florida House. A Florida Times-Union columnist wrote in 2010 that she also starred in television ads that commended the organization for her charity work.

 Carroll was criticized in that same Times-Union column for introducing  legislation to legalize  weepstakes games like those in cafes operated by Allied Veterans. Then, as in now, Allied Veterans and other internet cafe operators took advantage of a loophole in state law that some say should be closed while other say internet cafes should be legal but regulated.

Carroll later withdrew the proposed law, saying it was filed erroneously and that she wasn't interested in legalizing internet cafes, the columnist said.

Scott's office said in 2011 that Carroll had ended her affiliation with Allied Veterans.

Carroll served in the House from 2003 to 2010, becoming the first African-American female Republican to be elected. Scott selected her as his running mate in September 2010 and they took office in January 2011.

The recent investigation of Allied Veterans and its affiliates was conducted by the IRS, Secret Service, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and sheriff’s offices in Jacksonville, Volusia County and Seminole County, where the whole probe began. Investigators said that Allied Veterans tried to scheme and defraud the public and governmental agencies by misrepresenting how much of its proceeds were donated to charities affiliated with Veterans Administration.

Click here to read the Times-Union's coverage of the Allied Veterans racketeering probe and arrests announced Tuesday.

Click here for an in depth Tampa Bay Times article about Allied Veterans and its former president's checkered past.

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PS

Is LG Jennifer Carroll on her way out of Scott administration?

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PSplenent

Interesting---an insider in Tallahassee said her husband owns an internet cafe. Not sure if that is true. These internet cafes prey on the poor and elderly---why aren't they regulated?

Memo to Rick

Rick Scott cannot stand another ethics hit. Carroll, who happens to also be a certifiable moron in addition to a petty thief, is all liability and zero asset at this point. Rick needs to put on his big boy pants, dump her, and maybe get a new LG that can repair some of the damage his team of idiot advisors has done to his relationship with the Republican base in the past two months.

jjdds

Rick Scott is a walking ethics violation. His Republican Tea Party base is his problem not his salvation. This man and his administration, what is left of it, is a total embarassment to the citizens of the state. Carroll was a poor choice to begin with but so were many of his appointments.

Memo to Rick

If the damage were limited to the Tea Party then Scott could probably live with it. The problem is that he's alienated mainstream Republicans, too.

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