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.
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