Gambling operation that led to Lt. Gov's downfall stretches to Collier

Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll speaks to about 200 people Monday morning in the courtyard outside Food & Thought Organic Market & Restaurant during a breakfast to kick off Gov.-elect Rick Scott's inauguration appreciation tour. Scott, a Naples resident, was joined by his wife, Ann, daughter Jordan. They walked around the breezeway, shook hands and talked with the gathered supporters as the Naples Dixieland Jazz Band played in the back. Scott will be inaugurated as Florida's 45th governor on Jan. 4, during a ceremony in Tallahassee. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll speaks to about 200 people Monday morning in the courtyard outside Food & Thought Organic Market & Restaurant during a breakfast to kick off Gov.-elect Rick Scott's inauguration appreciation tour. Scott, a Naples resident, was joined by his wife, Ann, daughter Jordan. They walked around the breezeway, shook hands and talked with the gathered supporters as the Naples Dixieland Jazz Band played in the back. Scott will be inaugurated as Florida's 45th governor on Jan. 4, during a ceremony in Tallahassee. Lexey Swall/Staff

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.

Read the NBC-2 story

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