A former executive for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will serve house arrest and probation for a fraud scheme.
James H. Short Jr., 53, of Harrisburg, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to six months of house arrest and two years of probation.
U.S. Attorney David Freed’s office said Short, a former director of marketing and merchandising for the PLCB, participated in a scheme to defraud the state and its citizens of their right to his honest services as a public official through bribes, kickbacks and concealing information.
Short supervised the process through which alcoholic beverages are selected and acquired for sale in state-run liquor stores.
Between 2002 and 2012, prosecutors said Short received benefits from a distributor and a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages sold in Pennsylvania’s stores.
These benefits included golf trips, cash, gift cards, and meals.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of honest services mail fraud in September 2015.