Ex-Pa. liquor officials cited in ethics probe

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 17, 2014 9:59 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Three former top officials at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board must pay the state thousands of dollars for various gifts, such as dinners and tickets, that they accepted from vendors, but did not report on disclosure forms.

The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission says the agency's former chairman Patrick Stapleton III, chief executive Joe Conti and marketing director James Short violated ethics laws.

Under a consent agreement, Short must repay $13,586, Stapleton $7,258 and Conti $2,388. Stapleton left the agency in 2012, Conti left last year and Short earlier this month.

Conti says the investigation was thorough and fair. He also says he never gave favorable treatment to vendors that were seeking business from the agency.

Stapleton and Short didn't immediately respond to telephone messages.

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