Florida's lieutenant governor quits because of gambling inquiry involving Oklahoma software owner

Florida's lieutenant governor has resigned amid an investigation into a $300 million illegal gambling operation with Oklahoma ties.
by Nolan Clay Modified: March 14, 2013 at 12:36 am •  Published: March 13, 2013
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Allied Veterans of the World had nearly 50 Internet cafes with computerized slot machine-style games. The group claimed their cafes were fundraising centers but only about $6 million ever went to charity, authorities said.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the alleged scam “callous” and “despicable” and said it “insults every American who ever wore a military uniform.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Carroll consulted for Allied Veterans while serving in the Florida House of Representatives in 2009 and 2010.

“Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her former affiliation with the company from distracting from the administration's important work on behalf of Florida families,” the governor's office said.

The public relations firm she co-owned, 3 N&JC, did work for Allied Veterans. Carroll, a Navy veteran, also appeared in a TV ad in 2011 promoting the organization's work on behalf of veterans and their families.

Carroll said in a statement Wednesday that neither she nor the public relations firm was targeted in the inquiry and she stepped down so that her ties to the organization would not be a distraction for Scott.

“It is shameful that Allied Veterans of the World allegedly attempted to use the guise of charitable organization to help veterans in order to lend credibility to this $300 million gambling scheme,” she said.

Allied Veterans was founded in 1979 and evolved from a charitable organization that ran bingo games and held bake sales for veterans.

Contributing:

The Associated Press

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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