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Grand Jury Probing Charges Of Misconduct At PLCB, According To Local Reports

October 24, 2014

A federal grand jury is currently investigating whether Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) employees had improper relationships with spirits and wine brokers that were conducting business with the agency, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. While grand jury proceedings are confidential, the Tribune-Review (citing anonymous sources close to the investigation) reports that the ongoing probe is exploring issues raised by Pennsylvania’s Ethics Commission.

Earlier this year, the Ethics Commission ruled that four former PLCB executives violated the state’s Ethics Act and Liquor Code when they accepted gifts from brokers and neglected to disclose them on financial reports. The four—former marketing director James Short Jr., former chairman P.J. Stapleton, former CEO Joe Conti and former director of product selection Matthew Schwenk—were ordered to repay more than $23,000 collectively and file amended financial statements by the Ethics Commission, which agreed not to recommend charges against them.

However, the grand jury is also now said to be looking at matters and individuals beyond those reported by the Ethics Commission.

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