PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former deputy chief of Rhode Island's economic development agency says its board approved a massive investment in Curt Schilling's video game company primarily because of influence from former Gov. Don Carcieri and top legislators.
In new court filings, former Economic Development Corp. Deputy Director Michael Saul alleges the board's approval of a $75 million loan guarantee for 38 Studios was primarily influenced by Carcieri and "key proponents" House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.
Carcieri was the EDC board chairman.
Fox and Paiva Weed distanced themselves from the deal Thursday. In a statement, Fox said that it was "solely" the EDC's responsibility to decide whether 38 Studios warranted state assistance.
38 Studios went bankrupt last year. The EDC is now suing Saul, the former Red Sox pitcher and others.