TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Secret tape recordings allegedly made by a staff member in the office of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has prompted the attention of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The FDLE has launched a “preliminary investigation” into whether the recordings were made by a former Carroll staffer who has since been fired.

“We are conducting an inquiry into the audio recordings of conversations made between staff,” said FDLE spokeswoman Heather Smith.

The FDLE launched the investigation this week after the agency received a complaint regarding recordings made in Carroll’s office.

The Florida Times-Union obtained a copy of a conversation between John Konkus, Carroll’s chief of staff and Carletha Cole, a spokeswoman for Carroll.

The Times-Union reported that Konkus can be heard on the recording saying that Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff is afraid of Carroll. Konkus also said that Scott was not leading.

Cole was fired last week after publicly speaking out about infighting.

It is against Florida law to record someone without their consent.

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