- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox reported to prison Tuesday to serve three years for corruption.

Fox arrived Tuesday afternoon at the federal prison camp at the U.S. Penitentiary Canaan in Waymart, Pennsylvania, said Ed Ross, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

It’s a roughly four-and-a-half to five-hour drive from the East Providence home Fox shares with his husband. The court recommended that Fox be incarcerated close to Rhode Island to be near his family.

Once considered the most powerful person in state government, Fox represented Providence for 11 terms in the House and became the nation’s first openly gay House speaker in 2010. He pleaded guilty in March to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Fox acknowledges taking a $52,500 bribe from a restaurant when he was a member of the city board of licenses. He admits to taking more than $100,000 from his campaign account for his own use.

Fox will serve in the minimum security satellite camp adjacent to the penitentiary.

Of the facility’s nearly 1,600 inmates, most are in the high-security penitentiary and about 130 are at the camp, according to the prisons bureau.

The inmate handbook says new prisoners are assigned to an orientation program. They’re then expected to maintain a regular job assignment and typically work in food service as an orderly or in a maintenance shop first.

Prosecutors and Fox each agreed to request a three-year term as part of a plea deal.

Fox has said he was driven by greed, a desire to keep up with the Joneses and “just plain stupidity.”

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