Prosecutor to review case against ex-LCB officials
HARRISBURG - A central Pennsylvania prosecutor said Wednesday that his office would review findings from state ethics investigators that three former top officials at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board accepted thousands of dollars in gifts, liquor, dinners, and golf trips.
Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said he expected to get the case because Attorney General Kathleen Kane has a conflict of interest. Kane's husband's family company has a long-standing business relationship with the Liquor Control Board, handling its Scranton-area distribution center and its Mid-Atlantic inbound trucking contract.
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission on Monday ordered the three former officials - chairman Patrick Stapleton 3d, chief executive Joe Conti, and marketing director James Short - to pay the state more than $23,000, the approximate value of the gifts, according to ethics investigators.
However, the commission sends its orders to the Attorney General's Office for its review, said Robert Caruso, the ethics commission's executive director.
Pennsylvania law does not allow Liquor Control Board members and staff to accept any gifts from the industry it regulates.