Official At Rhode Island Agency Which Granted Schilling Loan Asked For Job With Company

BY ERIKA NIEDOWSKI , Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Documents show an official at the Rhode Island agency overseeing the program that provided Curt Schilling’s video gaming company a $75 million loan guarantee inquired about a job with the firm about six weeks after the deal was finalized.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request show J. Michael Saul, formerly with the state Economic Development Corp., asked 38 Studios’ chief financial officer about a finance director position in December 2010. It’s unclear if Saul ever worked there.

Saul was EDC’s managing director of financial services at the time and oversaw EDC’s loan guarantee programs.

The EDC said in a statement it doesn’t condone staff members seeking employment from companies the employee is monitoring, and that it is investigating.

Messages left for Saul weren’t immediately returned.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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