Lt. Gov. Carroll’s Former Aide Arrested

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – A former aide to Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was arrested last week for allegedly illegally taping a conversation in Carroll’s office.

Carletha Cole, 48, was taken into custody by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and charged with a third-degree felony of illegally recording the conversation. She faces up to five years in jail if convicted of the offense.

Florida is a two-party state when it comes to recording conversations. This means that you must have the permission of the other person on the recording to tape a conversation.

The case centers around a recording made between Carroll’s chief of staff John Konkus and Cole. In the recording, obtained by the Florida Times-Union, Konkus said that Governor Rick Scott’s staff is afraid of Carroll and that Scott is “not leading.”

Cole was fired in September after speaking out about infighting in Carroll’s office, according to the Associated Press.

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