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NC ABC commission wants more info on paid meals

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top alcohol regulators want more information about meals for local ABC employees that may have been paid for by a liquor company.

The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said Friday it wants additional expense receipts from Diageo North America by next week.

State agents investigated a $12,700 dinner that Diageo paid for in November for 30 Mecklenburg County ABC employees, spouses and other guests. A Diageo representative also told agents he had paid for meals for at least six other local ABC boards.

The agents cited Mecklenburg ABC and the company for violating gift bans. Employees later reimbursed Diageo $9,300.

The state ABC also wants to know about a meal between Mecklenburg ABC employees and representatives of Beam Global Spirits and Wine.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina’s top alcohol regulators want more information about meals for local ABC employees that may have been paid for by a liquor company.

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