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[March 17, 2014]

BRIEF: Ethics Commission says three former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials violated ethics law [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :: ]

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) March 17--HARRISBURG -- Three former officials from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board violated state ethics laws, according to orders released today from the State Ethics Commission that said the men improperly accepted gifts from vendors doing business with the PLCB.


Joe Conti, former CEO of the PLCB, was ordered to pay $2,338.51, former PLCB board member Patrick Stapleton was ordered to pay $7,258.54 and former Director of Marketing James Short was ordered to pay $13,586.92; all must pay the state within 30 days.

The men accepted gifts such as an all-expenses paid golf outing from a PLCB vendor, as well as dinners and drinks.

The state's Liquor Control Board is responsible for regulating the sale of alcohol in Pennsylvania and runs a retail network of approximately 608 stores in the commonwealth. The PLCB is governed by a three-member board, appointed by the governor and confirmed by two-thirds of the state Senate. The board appoints a CEO.

Kate Giammarise: 717-787-4254 or kgiammarise@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @KateGiammarise.

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