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Officials: Restaurant Owner Bribed Ex-Speaker Fox



    Officials: Restaurant Owner Bribed Ex-Speaker Fox
    In this April 30, 2014 photo, former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to reporters on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., before taking a seat for the first time since the authorities raided his home and Statehouse office in March. Secretary of state candidate Nellie Gorbea asked current Secretary of State Ralph Mollis on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, to investigate lobbying disclosure violations by Ray Rickman after an Associated Press story in June revealed Rickman had loaned money to Fox. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    A Providence, Rhode Island, restaurant owner has been indicted on a single count of bribing a public official for allegedly paying off former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox to get a liquor license.

    Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell on Friday announced the indictment returned by a grand jury in Providence.

    Raymond Hugh is accused of bribing Fox when he sat on the Providence board of licenses to ensure Hugh's restaurant, the Shark Bar, could get a liquor license.

    Fox admitted he took more than $50,000 to help push the license through. He is serving a three-year prison term for bribery and for taking more than $100,000 from his campaign account.

    Hugh did not immediately return messages seeking comment. He previously said he didn't know anything about a bribe.

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