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State ethics panel imposes $7K fine on former PLCB exec who accepted vendors' gifts

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — A former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board executive is being fined for illegally accepting gifts and hospitality.

The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission on Friday ordered Timothy Fringer to pay $7,200 in fines.

The ethics panel says Fringer, the liquor board's chief of product management and pricing from 2010 to 2013, accepted gifts from vendors such as alcohol, meals, golf outings and tickets to entertainment and sports events.

The ethics report says liquor board employees are barred by the state liquor code from accepting anything of value from vendors, but Fringer claims liquor board officials told him to accept such items.

Last year, the liquor board's former chairman, its former CEO and its former marketing directors were collectively fined more than $20,000 for failing to report gifts they accepted.

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