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Fla. Gov. will use own money to reimburse donation from scam charity suspects

Rick Scott
Posted at 1:12 PM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-25 06:43:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will write a $2,000 personal check to reimburse campaign donations received from those linked to a gambling scandal.

Scott said Tuesday he will donate the money to the Florida Veterans Foundation.

The governor announced his decision a week after more than 50 people were arrested in a scandal involving Allied Veterans of the World. The organization ran nearly 50 Internet parlors in Florida with computerized slot machine-style games.

Investigators said the charity gave about $6 million to veterans and much of the $300 million went to charity leaders.

Those linked to the scandal have donated more than $1 million to Florida politicians and political parties. Scott received four checks.

The Republican Party of Florida announced Friday it would donate $300,000 to the veterans foundation.