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 golf tickets, they accepted from vendors, but did not report on disclosure forms.
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission said Monday the agency's former chairman Patrick Stapleton III, chief executive Joe Conti and marketing director James Short violated the ethics law.
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 left earlier this month.
Conti says the investigation was thorough and fair. Stapleton says he doesn't feel he did anything wrong and both men say they never gave favorable treatment to gift-giving vendors. Short didn't immediately respond to a telephone message.