Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has been implicated in Florida’s storefront Internet gambling parlor problem, specifically because of her involvment with a group known as Allied Veterans of the World, and so has resigned. The storefront Internet gambling casinos, which mask themselves as “Internet cafes”, contain electronic slot machines, in violation of Florida’s gambling laws.
Recently as many as 50 of the so-called “Internet cafes” have been shut down in Florida, with most if not all of them being run by Allied Veterans of the World, which purports to be a charity.
Says Florida sheriff Donald Eslinger, “You really can’t distinguish between a slot machine in Las Vegas and a slot machine in Allied Veterans’ gambling centers. The only difference you see is instead of hitting the play button in Las Vegas, you hit the reveal button in Allied Veterans.”
In addition, Allied Veterans of the World may have contributed to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s campaign. Gov. Scott says that they are looking into this allegation.
Says Governor Scott, “I have asked ‘Let’s Get to Work!’ and ‘Rick Scott for Governor’ to immediately identify any contributions from Allied Veterans or the affiliated companies named in this investigation.”
Let’s face it, with the prevalence of laptop, tablet, and smartphone ownership in this country, any business in the United States that is billing itself as an Internet cafe, in this day and age, probably isn’t.