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In Maryland, the Worcester County Liquor Control Board may have settled with the state Comptroller after a nine-month investigation found that they had broken state law, but the board still may be in hot water with county commissioners.

On paper, the $16,000 fine the board agreed to pay in lieu of an eight-day suspension, is a slap on the wrist to some, especially after the quasi-governmental liquor board was found to have broken several laws including: price discrimination, selling liquor below cost, and illegally buying and transporting booze across state lines.

The county commissioners grilled liquor board officials Tuesday in Snow Hill, wanting to know where the money was going to come from to pay this fine, as well as how the board plans to increase their net profits, which reached an all time low this year.

Liquor Control Board officials concede that the fine will be paid with taxpayer dollars, and they said they plan on raising the prices countywide for liquoran idea that came with little to no support from the commissioners.

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