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SEC investigating Rhode Island's 38 Studios deal


The 38 Studios epilogue continues with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating the $75-million loan provided by the state of Rhode Island to the defunct studio. WPRI reports the SEC probe is examining the taxpayer-backed loan the R.I. Economic Development Corporation (EDC) gave to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed operation.

Neither the SEC nor EDC would comment on the specifics of the investigation. EDC spokesperson Melissa Czerwein told WPRI that lawyers were retained to deal with the SEC inquiry and the organization won't "discuss ongoing matters related to 38 Studios and maintains a level of confidentiality as requested by the SEC."

Rhode Island taxpayers have begun paying back the loan, which Governor Lincoln Chafee (who inherited the debacle from the previous administration) said the State had a "moral obligation" to do. To the best of our knowledge, Rhode Island continues to hold on the Amalur intellectual property.

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