Gordon Fox puts East Side home on the market

Rep. Gordon Fox's home on Gorton Street in Providence. (Photo by T.J. Delsanto/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former House Speaker Gordon Fox has put his East Side home on the market and is looking to get $615,000 for it.

Fox has been under a cloud of suspicion since March 21, when state and federal investigators raided the house, located at 11 Gorton St., as well as his State House office. Fox resigned as speaker the following day.

The house has an assessed value of $458,500, according to Providence tax records. Jerry Sahagian of Executive Realty is handling the sale, according to multiple listing service (MLS) real-estate data. Sahagian He did not immediately return a call for comment.

An online description of the Gorton Street home describes it as a “stately” five-bedroom with three full bathrooms and more than 2,600 square feet of living space.

“Recently updated, 2 Fireplaces, Formal Living and Dining, Hardwoods, Gourmet Kitchen, Bright and Sunny, Family Room, New Mechanicals,” the listing says.

A Providence mechanical permit obtained by Target 12 shows the home had a new boiler installed this year.

The sale was first reported by Rhode Island Public Radio.

Providence tax records show Fox bought the home – which was built in 1924 – in September 2003 for $500,000. He lives there with his husband, Marcus LaFond, and his elderly mother.

Land records at Providence City Hall show Fox refinanced his home in 2004 with a mortgage of $457,600. He also took out an equity line of credit on his property for $100,000. The records do not indicate if he owes any money on that loan.

Officials have not said whether Fox is the target of their investigation. The former speaker and his attorneys, Albin Moser and William Murphy, have declined to comment since his resignation was announced. Fox remains a sitting lawmaker, though he has not been attending General Assembly sessions since the raids.

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @white_tim

Ted Nesi and Dan McGowan contributed to this report.

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