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A look at former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's past

6:14 PM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have interviewed now resigned Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.

In the past, Carroll has spoken out in favor of the now defunct Allied Veterans of the World. In a promotional video posted on You Tube, Carroll said "Allied Veterans of the World is making it easier on them." She was referring to the group's work with military members and their families.

Governor Rick Scott confirmed Carroll's involvement with the organization, stating she was a consultant for the Allied Veterans of the World in 2009 and 2010. At the same time, she was a Florida State Representative and supported bills related to internet cafes.

"Which is a further contaminating factor. ... I think that is the idea with Jennifer Carroll, I think at this point, she didn't see a way of getting out of that," said Dr. Stephen Baker, political science professor at Jacksonville University. 

This is not the first time Carroll has made news for stories other than her political work.

In 2003, she reportedly asked Green Cove Springs Police to dismiss a speeding ticket as a personal favor. In 2004, she removed her master's degree from her resume after reports that it was from a diploma mill, rather than a legitimate school.

Between 2004 and 2009, she filed incorrect financial disclosure forms, in which her income showed major fluctuations, without any supporting documentation. 

In 2010, she took a trip to Turkey a paid for by a Jacksonville cultural group, but failed to disclose it, even though it exceeded the $100 limit for a gift. Also in 2010, investigators found altered documents that allowed her consulting business to qualify for city minority business contracts.

Last year, there was the scandal involving one of Carroll's aides, make sexual allegations against the then Lieutenant Governor.

"She had been expecting to maybe be available for other offices, especially legislative offices, and this will at least temporarily put a real lock on that for her," Baker said. 

He said the deciding factor on the future of her career will be whether or not she faces criminal charges.

First Coast News is still waiting to find out if investigators go in that direction.

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