RI State Police want to interview lawmakers about 38 Studios deal
By: Dee DeQuattro
The Rhode Island State Police are seeking to interview all state representatives that had a vote in the program that allowed for a $75 million loan guaranteed to the failed 38 Studios.
According to an email sent from House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to his colleagues Rhode Island State Police have contacted the speaker indicating that they “would like to ask questions of every member, past and present, who participated in the voting of the Job Creation Guarantee program on May 25, 2010.”
The letter states that the Rhode Island State Police are requesting the cell phone numbers of the lawmakers. Mattiello said he plans to provide the phone numbers unless someone objects to him by 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
In a statement Mattiello said he is “fully cooperating with State Police” and is happy to do so.
State Police said in a statement that this request is to ensure that any legislator who may have relevant information has the opportunity to provide that information to investigators. They specified that no lawmaker is suspected of wrongdoing simply because of their vote.
State Police also said they are aware that the Attorney General, as a former representative, voted on this legislation and that they are confident that he has no conflict in this case.
In the past Rhode Island State Police have said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the $75 million dollar loan guarantee made to former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling’s company.
In 2010 the bill that allowed the deal to be made passed the house 66-1 with only Former State Representative Bob Watson voting against it.
In 2012 the company failed leaving Rhode Island on the hook for the $75 million loan guarantee.
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