Ex-game agency official gets $75K ethics fine over gas deals

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A retired Pennsylvania Game Commission official who had once been considered for the agency’s top job is agreeing to pay a $75,000 ethics fine over a side business helping land owners negotiate natural gas-drilling leases.

The State Ethics Commission on Tuesday announced the penalty under a consent agreement with William Capouillez, who in 2014 was among several people being looked at to become the hunting agency’s executive director.

He’s the former director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management and is now retired.

His state job involved oversight of gas-lease deals for state game lands and he had notified the Game Commission about his outside business helping to negotiate leases for private landowners.

Capouillez’s lawyer says the commission originally sought millions of dollars in fines and restitution.

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