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State Rep. says he received threatening letter for 38 studios involvement

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By: Samantha Lavien
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State Representative Michael Chippendale has come forward with claims that he and his family have been threatened because he's investigating 38 Studios

Chippendale is the secretary for the House Oversight Committee investigating the failed deal. He says the letter was delivered to his State House office.

"It basically said that I have a beautiful family and I should stop poking around for their sake,” said Chippendale.

Chippendale's family is now under police protection. The FBI and State Police are investigating. He says he's not the only legislator to have been threatened. But, despite this, Chippendale says he will continue his work to get to the bottom of the failed deal.

"I represent the people of Rhode Island. I don't represent people who are doing things that may or may not be illegal I answer to my constituents only,” said Chippendale.

On Monday afternoon on WPRO's the Buddy Cianci show, Chippendale appeared alongside Michael Rossi who is a former project manager for a sub-contractor of the video game company.

Rossi showed a spread sheet that he says proves $25,000 set aside for 38 Studios was actually spent for a sound system at Tazza Caffe.

"I of course questioned that... that's part of my job. That lead to a closed door meeting and questions like are you a team player or are you not a team player? A lot of heat, a lot of arguments back and forth,” said Rossi.

The now closed Tazza restaurant in Providence was owned by 38 studios attorney Michael Corso.

"As a licensed private investigator with the city of providence your obligated when you come across something illegal to report it. I did so. Once I reported it I was treated as though I was the criminal," said Rossi.

The House Oversight Committee is requesting several big names involved with the deal to testify before them including former Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, Michael Corso and Curt Schilling.

Rep. Chippendale says there's a chance they may call Rossi as well.

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