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AG Kane refers PA State Ethics Commission reports to Dauphin Co. DA

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 07:19 PM CDT
Written by: Lea Jolan (LJWilson@sbgtv.com)

Attorney General Kathleen Kane refers the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission reports on former Liquor Control Board officials receiving gifts from vendors to Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.

The report released Monday highlights former LCB Chairman Patrick Stapleton III, former CEO Joe Conti and former Marketing Director Jim Short accepting more rounds of golf, trips, meals and wine totaling more than $23,000 from liquor distributors that did business with the LCB.

According to Attorney General spokesman, Joseph Peters, Kane's office referred the report to Marsico due to a conflict of interest stating,  "Attorney General Kane's husband's family company has a long-standing business relationship with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board."

Tuesday night Marsico said his office had not yet received the Attorney Generals documents but will review them once they arrive.

The Commission reports found Stapleton, Conti and Short violated the Pennsylvania Ethics Act by not reporting the gifts.

The report states,"the Investigative Division will recommend that the State Ethics Commission take no further action in this matter; and make no recommendation to any law enforcement or any other authority to take action in this matter."  Other agencies, including the Attorney General, have the power to independently review the cases and determine if there is cause for further action.AG Kane refers PA State Ethics Commission reports to Dauphin Co. DA


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