Former LG Jennifer Carroll blasts Rick Scott, demands apology for her resignation

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Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll is angry with Gov. Rick Scott for being cast out of office without the same “courtesy” as the “good ol’ boys” in the Capitol.

Carroll who quit last year after her association with a fraudulent charity in an Internet café scandal, is demanding an apology from her former employer for being forced to resign after it was revealed she performed public relations work for Allied Veterans of the World, an organization that later became a target of investigators.

Recently released documents show Carroll changed her income tax filings after she was  asked about her work with Allied Veterans.

In an interview with the Jacksonville CBS affiliate WETV, Carroll said she was overpaid more than $24,000, but returned it in 2013 when the mistake was discovered. She told WTEV reporter Lynnsey Gardner that the money was an “oversight.”

Now she is asking for Scott to apologize.

“I firmly believe that he owes me an apology for his knee-jerk reaction,” Carroll told Gardner, “considering I stated over and over that I have done nothing wrong.”

“Why didn’t I get the same level of courtesy?” she added. “Because I’m not one of the good ol’ boys.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has not charged the former lieutenant governor with a crime, but referred her case to the Florida Ethics Commission.

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