P.J. Stapleton steps down from PA Liquor Control Board amid ethics investigation

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2012 2:13 PM

(Harrisburg) — A 15-year member of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is resigning as state ethics investigators probe whether he improperly took gifts from agency vendors.

Wine bottles

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that P.J. Stapleton wrote Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday that his last day would be Friday.

A liquor board spokeswoman says Stapleton is referring questions to his lawyer, Hank Hockeimer. Hockeimer's office says he's out until Monday.

Stapleton's term expired in May, but he continued serving in the $72,000-a-year post on an interim basis.

Corbett has nominated Philadelphia attorney Ken Trujillo to replace Stapleton on the three-person board.

The Inquirer says Stapleton and other liquor board officials were named in a March report by the state inspector general about gifts that included wine and tickets to sporting events.

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