Fox's Providence home put up for sale
The Providence home of ex-Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox was put up for sale Monday, a month after federal authorities raided the residence and his State House office as part of a criminal investigation.
An online listing says the asking price for the "stately" five-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath Colonial is $615,000. The East Side home is about 2,600 square feet and was built in 1924. It has two fireplaces, a "gourmet" kitchen and recent updates, according to the listing.
Executive Realty referred calls about the property to the listing agent, Jerry Sahagian, who didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. A message was left for one of Fox's attorneys.
Fox resigned as speaker on March 22, a day after authorities were seen carrying boxes of materials out of his home and office in the State House as part of a joint investigation by the FBI, IRS, state police and the U.S. attorney's office. Officials have declined to say whether the Democrat is a target, or what it is about. Neither Fox nor his lawyers have commented on the substance of the probe.
Few clues have emerged since then. Law enforcement contacted the state Board of Elections about the ex-speaker on the day of the raids, the board's campaign finance director, Richard Thornton, has said. But Thornton declined to specify the nature of the contact.
David Ortiz, a spokesman for Mayor Angel Taveras, also said federal law enforcement officials subpoenaed records from the city last week pertaining to Fox, but he would not say what authorities were looking for. He said the city is fully cooperating.
Online city records show Fox purchased the home in 2003 for $500,000. It was assessed at $458,500 last year.
Fox remains a member of the General Assembly but has not attended any legislative sessions since the raids and has said he will not seek re-election.
According to Larry Berman, House director of communications, Fox has missed 12 sessions and 49 votes. He makes just under $15,000 a year as a representative.