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FILE -- Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll speaks during Florida Space Center Day in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris O FILE -- Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll speaks during Florida Space Center Day in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  

Fla. lieutenant governor resigns amid federal gambling investigation

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, the first African-American Republican to be elected to Florida’s House of Representatives in 2003, has turned in her letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Carroll’s resignation comes amid allegations that Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit company for which she consulted, ran an illegal gambling operation from its chain of Internet cafes.

In a short letter dated March 12, Carroll wrote to Scott, “Effective immediately, I hereby resign the Office of Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. It has been an honor to serve the state of Florida in this capacity.”

On Monday, Florida Department of Law Enforcement questioned Carroll about her ties to Allied Veterans. Tuesday, federal law enforcement officers in Jacksonville arrested directors of Allied Veterans and the head of the local Fraternal Order on racketeering charges.

Scott’s office has announced the governor will address the controversy in a press conference later today.