Gordon Fox leaves home, heads to prison today

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox will report to prison Tuesday to serve a three year sentence.

On the day Fox is scheduled to turn himself in to the Federal Bureau of Prisons as inmate number 09914-070, he was seen getting into a vehicle at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday morning outside his home.

The Target 12 investigators have learned Fox is headed to a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Edmond Ross has said Fox was a likely candidate to be assigned to a federal prison “camp.”

“A camp is the lowest security facility, they don’t even have armed perimeter patrols,” Ross said in an interview last month. “Inmates can literally walk out any time they want but if they do they will be escape status and be prosecuted, so it’s a disincentive to do that.”

Fox has declined interviews since he was sentenced in June. Reached by phone, Fox’s attorney William Murphy said “He made mistakes, he took responsibility for those mistakes. He is now paying his debt to society. He apologizes to the people he has disappointed.”

The Target 12 Investigators were the first to break the news of the charges against Fox back in February and his subsequent guilty plea in March to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

(Brian Yocono/WPRI)
Gordon Fox leaves his home heading to prison. (Brian Yocono/WPRI)

Fox said he accepted $52,500 in bribes from the owners of Shark Bar and Grille on Thayer Street in exchange for helping them obtain a liquor license in 2008 while he was vice-chairman of the powerful Providence Board of Licenses.

He also admitted to taking more than $100,000 from his campaign account to use for personal items.

Since then, Rhode Island politicians can no longer be the treasurer of their own campaign, with campaign money to be separate from their personal accounts.

The Pennsylvania federal prison where Fox is believed to be staying, is said to be a high security prison, with a minimum security satellite camp.

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