Docs: Corso was suspect in 38 Studios probe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island State Police released a new cache of documents from its 38 Studios investigation on Thursday, including material that shows Gordon Fox associate Michael Corso was considered a suspect in the case.

The documents do not include records that eventually went before a grand jury, which Gov. Gina Raimondo has asked a judge to release but Attorney General Peter Kilmartin does not want made public. The judge on Tuesday asked both sides to prepare arguments in that dispute.

Neither Corso nor anyone else was charged in the state police investigation, but the documents released Thursday show he was a suspect in the four-year probe, which revolved around bank fraud.

The documents show Fox, a former House speaker now imprisoned on unrelated charges, was not interviewed at the request of his attorney, William Murphy. Murphy was Fox’s predecessor as House speaker, and he also requested not to be interviewed because he represents Fox.

As Target 12 first reported nearly three years ago, Murphy visited 38 Studios in the fall of 2009, shortly before he handed off the speakership to Fox. The documents confirm the meeting took place on Oct. 8, 2009, and that Fox and Corso were with Murphy for the meeting. Murphy had told Target 12 he did not recall who else was there besides 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling and himself.

Investigators wrote that Schilling told them “Murphy was very upset when he did not hire him as a lobbyist.” (Murphy retired from the House in January 2011 and would not have been allowed to lobby for any entity for another year after that.)

Reached by phone Thursday, Murphy called Schilling’s accusation “absolute crap.” He said, “I never talked to Curt Schilling about being a lobbyist. … I never had any conversations with Curt Schilling or anyone about helping 38 Studios come to Rhode Island, so for him to say I had anything to do with 38 Studios coming to Rhode Island is a bald-faced lie.”

Eyewitness News reporters have been going through the documents and posting updates on Twitter.

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

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He writes Nesi’s Notes on Saturdays and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram