Published: Oct 25, 2011 3:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A former top aide to Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll is facing felony charges that she illegally taped a conversation in Carroll's office.
    
State records show that 48-year-old Carletha Cole was arrested and charged last week with a third-degree felony.
    
Cole declined to discuss the investigation Monday with The Associated Press. She did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.
    
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched an investigation last month after receiving a complaint that an audio recording had been made in Carroll's office. FDLE reported its findings to State Attorney Willie Meggs.
    
It is against Florida law to record someone without consent.
    
The Florida Times-Union obtained a copy of the conversation between Carroll's chief of staff and Cole that included criticism of Gov. Rick Scott.

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