Jennifer Carroll speaks for first time after resigning amid Internet cafe investigation

Former Florida Lieutenant Governor says she's 'ready to move on'

By Tara Evans - Executive Producer
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott with Jennifer Carroll.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll gave her first interview on Saturday since stepping down from her post.

Her resignation came last week after being questioned by law enforcement officials during a three-year investigation into an alleged gambling operation that netted nearly 60 arrests.

The nonprofit organization, Allied Veterans of the World, is being accused of running dozens of those operations in what are being called Internet "sweepstakes" cafes.

Speaking about her resignation to the New York Times, Carroll said, "I offered everything that I could to the administration. I believe I did a fantastic job."

The 53-year-old mother of three went on to say, "People are calling me asking me to run for this, that and the other thing. I say, you know what? First of all, I am going to spend time with my family, because for the last two years, it's been very difficult."

Carroll has not been charged with any crimes in connection to the gambling investigation, and said she is fully cooperating with authorities.

Carroll's political career began back in 2003 with a seat in the State House. She was the first Republican African-American woman to win a seat there, as well as the first black female to become Lieutenant Governor.

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