EXCLUSIVE: Former RI Speaker Fox to Be Released From Prison Next Week
Friday, August 11, 2017
Fox left for Canaan Federal Facility in Waymart, Pennsylvania on July 7, 2015, and he returns to Rhode Island on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. His time was served at the minimum facility camp on the prison campus which presently has 121 inmates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
He can be picked up in Pennsylvania as early as 8:00 A.M. and must report to his assigned half-way house by 8:00 P.M.
Fox was convicted on June 11, 2015, through a plea agreement. Fox was not only the former Speaker, but was also former Vice-Chairman of the City of Providence Board of Licenses.
Fox, who is now 55-years-old and will live in East Providence, was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for stealing $108,000 donated by campaign supporters to pay for personal expenses; his acceptance of a $52,000 bribe to advocate and move for issuance of a liquor license for an East Side restaurant while serving as Vice-Chairman of the City of Providence Board of Licenses in 2008; and his failure to account for these illegal sources of income on his tax returns.
U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi ordered Fox at the Sentencing in Federal Court Building on Kennedy Plaza to serve two years supervised release upon completion of his prison term and to pay $109,000 in restitution.
Fox has previously pleaded guilty on March 3, 2015, to wire fraud, bribery and filing a false tax return.
Fox, when he returns to Rhode Island on Wednesday, will report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ first federally-funded residential re-entry center that is located in a former convent in Pawtucket's Woodlawn neighborhood. The facility has a capacity of 25 beds for men and women moving back into the community.
As part of his time at the re-entry facility and as a condition of his release Fox must be employed.
Fox is married to Marcus LaFond - they were married in November of 2013. He sold his home on Gorton Street in January of 2015 for $488,000 according to Providence tax records.
Fox was elected Speaker of the House in February of 2010 — he was America’s first openly gay Speaker.
Just a few months later Fox shepherded through the legislation that funded $75 million to 38 Studios. Fox’s closest ally, Michael Corso, was the principal architect of the funding scheme for 38 Studios and also served as lobbyist for Curt Schilling’s company.
Under Fox, gay marriage was adopted and pension reform was pushed through. Fox was succeeded by the present Speaker Nick Mattiello.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version had the incorrect date of his release.
Related Slideshow: The History of Gordon Fox: From Camp St. to Speaker to…
In 1992, Gordon Fox ran for (then) House District 5 seat replacing Dr. Nick Tsiongas.
Fox, an ally of then-Councilman Josh Fenton and former College Hill State Representative Ray Rickman, won the seat easily.
Gordon Fox (D) 2,253
Michael Mitchell (R) 525
Jay Enderle (I) 407
Murphy - Fox Team 2002
Fox and GTech and the Ethics Commission 2003
Openly Gay - 2004
Speaker of the House
2007 - 2010
Fox and 38 Studios
Fox and Gay Marriage
Providence Economic Development Partnership
Raid and Resignation
On Friday, the State House office of Gordon Fox was raided by RI State Police in conjuction with FBI and IRS agents. This was the first time a State House office was ever raided by law enforcement officials.
By end of day Saturday, Fox had resigned, here is his statement:
Fox Pleads to three charges of bribery, wire fraud, and filing a false tax return on March 3, 2015.
The charges stem from former Speaker Fox’s theft of $108,000 donated by campaign supporters to pay for personal expenses; his acceptance of a $52,000 bribe to advocate and move for issuance of a liquor license for an East Side restaurant while serving as Vice-Chairman of the City of Providence Board of Licenses in 2008; and his failure to account for these illegal sources of income on his tax returns.
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