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The Maryland Comptroller's Office says the Worcester County Liquor Control Board has admitted to breaking several state laws and agreed to pay a fine in lieu of suspension. But the settlement may not mark the end to the scandal.

The Worcester County Liquor Control Board settled to the sum of $16,000 after the comptroller's nine-month investigation found the government-run liquor dispensary broke several state laws, including: price discrimination, selling products below the cost allowed by state law, and illegally purchasing and transporting liquor across state lines.

The liquor board opted to settle via plea agreement, rather than face a public hearing in Janurary.

But the case may not be over, since State Senator-elect Jim Mathias says he will submit a bill in Annapolis that will call for the abolition of the 75-year-old liquor board.

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