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NEW: Fox Fined $1500 by Ethics Commission for PEDP Non-Disclosure

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Speaker of the House Gordon Fox

The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has fined Speaker of the House Gordon Fox $1500 for violating the state's code of ethics.  

Fox was fined $500 for each of the three years between 2007 and 2009 he did not report income for legal work with the Providence Economic Development Partnership, the quasi-public agency under the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Providence.

In 2004, Fox was fined $10,000 by the Ethics Commission while House Majority leader for voting on a no-bid deal for GTECH in which his law firm was involved.  

Statement in Response

Fox's lawyer, Albin Moser, Esq., issued the following statement following the ruling on Tuesday:

“Speaker Fox had stated from the beginning that if the Ethics Commission would like his Financial Disclosure report to be amended, then he would do so. That being the case, Speaker Fox has amended his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In keeping with past practice of the Commission, there is usually a fine involved. He will pay the fine of $500 per year for each of those three years.

He did not list work for PEDP in those years because he believed he was a subcontractor to Joshua Teverow’s law firm on his loan closings that were performed at Mr. Teverow’s office.

Beginning in 2010 and continuing in 2011 and 2012, Speaker Fox began doing the closings directly for PEDP, which he reported during those three years and the Ethics Commission has acknowledged. He has not performed any work for PEDP since 2012.” 


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Surprise, surprise, surprise! Keep voting the same way Rhodies.

Comment #1 by joe pregiato on 2014 01 28

Will someone please dig into the following facts and tell me if I understand this correctly.(The Journal had all the info and got cold feet).

1). Speaker Fox represents VLG Group and it's owner as the VLG's Attorney when VLG's filings were reviewed .
2). The Owner of VLG Group controlled the Black Repretory Building in Providence at one time and was forgiven on a default on a $400,000 loan issued by the PEDP.
3). The owner of VLG is now in default for another loan of about $16,000 to the PEDP.
4). The same person who owns VLG Group was appointed by Governor Chaffee and continues to sit on the I-195 Redevelopment Board.
5). The same person that owns VLG Group was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Rhode Island.
6). VLG Group supplied URI last year as a potential contractor several different fraudulent performance bonds in the amounts of about $5.5 million dollars. Bid (#228A3) & (7459251A1). Bonding Companies Great Northern Bonding LLC and Newport Insurance Company, Inc. both of Danbury,CT.
7). Why the Governor of RI never addressed these issued when they were presented to him.

Comment #2 by John Gauvin on 2014 01 28

In reviewing the PEDP Connection a little deeper.

Speaker Fox is still the Attorney on record for VLG Group of Providence.

Not only did Governor Chaffee nominate the Owner of VLG Group back in October 2011 to the I-195 Redevelopment Board but Providence's Mayor Angel Tavares and the Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox also provided input to the nomitation of the owner of VLG Group to the Board.Is that a Conflict of Interest or not?

Comment #3 by John Gauvin on 2014 01 28

Wouldn't it be better for Rhode Island, sufferring from an image of shady insider dealings which can be a factor holding us back, if the Speaker, now under an offically sanctioned ethics cloud, voluntarily resigned this post? That might send a really helpful signal to both potential investors and future legislators.

Comment #4 by barry schiller on 2014 01 29

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