Gov. Rick Scott says he'll reimburse campaign donations linked to gambling scandal

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Tallahassee, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott says a search of his former election campaign account has uncovered $2,000 in donations from groups linked to a gambling scandal that prompted the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll last week.

Scott announced Tuesday he will make a reimbursement for that cash by writing a personal check for $2,000 to the Florida Veterans Foundation.

Last week, authorities arrested nearly 60 people and shut down about 50 Internet cafes operated by the nonprofit group Allied Veterans of the World based in St. Augustine. Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned because she had done public relations work for the group in 2009 and 2010 and said she did not want that association to become a distraction.

Allied Veterans of the World is accused of racketeering, money laundering and contributing just a fraction of its proceeds to help veterans.

Gov. Scott says he received four checks from those linked to the gambling scandal.

"I'm going to take a total of $2,000 so I will write a personal check since that campaign account is closed, I'll write a personal check for $2,000 to Florida veterans."

It's estimated campaign donors linked to the gambling scandal contributed more than $1 million to politicians and political parties in Florida.

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