Northern Virginia beer distributor Joseph M. Guiffre, a member of the state highway board, once again has been accused of violating state liquor laws by giving beer and money to merchants.
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control cited Guiffre Distributing Co. of Springfield Monday with a half-dozen violations involving restaurants, convenience stores and a supermarket.
David G. Fiske of Alexandria, Guiffre's lawyer, predicted his client would be cleared of the new charges as he was last month of similar charges.
"There are substantial factual discrepancies in the allegations and our own investigation of these charges shows there to be a lot of inaccuracies in ABC charges," Fiske said. "We have sworn statements from many of the principals in the investigation that refute many of the ABC allegations.
"We'll attack this as vigorously as we did the entertainment suit in state court and we'll win.
"There is a lot of fluff floating around here," Fiske told the Associated Press. "I am frankly amazed that the ABC board is going ahead with this thing."
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms began the investigation of Guiffre in the fall of 1983 after a check of Northern Virginia beer distributors disclosed that Guiffre's company had sought sizable tax deductions for entertainment.
Virginia laws adopted after Prohibition to ensure fair competition in the alcoholic beverage trade prohibit beer distributors from giving merchants gifts to induce them to carry certain brands.
Much of the investigation centered on Guiffre's program to entertain merchants by taking them to concerts and sports events. The state said the law bans such activity. Guiffre's lawyers said the law bans only property gifts.
Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Donald M. Kent ruled last month that the law does not bar entertainment. The decision derailed much of the state's case.
The latest charges contained an affidavit from John Timberlake, Guiffre's former sales supervisor. "Free beer was not invoiced but appeared on product removal forms. Guiffre told Timberlake not to show the actual use of the beer on the forms to avoid ABC discovery," it said.
In the affidavit, which the ABC file summarized, Timberlake said a separate file was kept "to show the real use of the beer. This file was three inches thick and was last seen October 1983."
Guiffre was named to the highway board in 1984 by former governor Charles S. Robb