Ex-PLCB official pleads guilty to taking kickbacks, bribes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former public official who once decided what was sold in Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor stores has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for taking cash and gifts from suppliers.

James H. Short Jr., 50, of Harrisburg, admitted to a charge of honest services mail fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Short, who was the PLCB’s Director of Marketing and Merchandising from approximately 2003 to 2012, accepted all-expense paid golf trips, gift cards, meals, and other gifts from an unnamed distributor and an unnamed manufacturer of alcoholic beverages sold in Pennsylvania’s stores.

Prosecutors say he also filed false ethics reports to conceal the gifts.

No date has been scheduled his sentencing.

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