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Feds subpoena Providence documents related to Fox investigation

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Federal law enforcement officials have subpoenaed documents pertaining to former House Speaker Gordon Fox from the city of Providence, a spokesman for Mayor Angel Taveras said Thursday.

Spokesman David Ortiz said federal law enforcement subpoenaed the documents on Wednesday. He declined to identify which agency contacted the city or say what records it asked for.

"The city is being fully cooperative," Ortiz said in an email.

Fox resigned as speaker in March after his Statehouse office and home were raided by federal agents as part of a criminal investigation. Officials have declined to say what the probe is about or whether the Providence Democrat is a target. Neither he nor his attorneys have commented on the substance of the investigation.

Jim Martin, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island, had no comment.

The state Board of Elections on Wednesday said it had been contacted by law enforcement about Fox on the day of the raids. Director of Campaign Finance Richard Thornton would not say which agency contacted the board or provide other details.

Fox is an attorney with a solo law practice in Providence. He has represented businesses before the city's board of licenses and also performed loan closings.

In January, the former speaker settled a complaint with the state ethics commission after failing to report more than $40,000 in legal work he did for the Providence Economic Development Partnership, a quasi-public city agency. He agreed to pay a $1,500 civil fine.

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