The multi-state gambling, racketeering and money laundering operation that led to the eventual resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll on Wednesday has stretched to Collier County.
Federal agents raided the Palms internet cafe in the St. Andrews Square shopping center on U.S. 41 East on Wednesday, according to NBC-2. Agents left the business with boxes of paperwork.
Management declined to comment to an NBC-2 reporter. However, agents had previously visited the site undercover in January, the station reported.
State law enforcement announced 57 people are facing charges for their roles in an organized $300 million conspiracy orchestrated by Allied Veterans of the World, a group with ties to the lieutenant governor, according to a news release. Carroll, a Navy veteran, had owned a public relations firm that represented the veterans charity.
On Tuesday, law enforcement officers began executing 54 search warrants and 57 arrest warrants in 23 Florida counties and five additional states as part of the operation.