Pennsylvania
5:18 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Pa. Turnpike Official Resigns in Wake of Inquiry

A Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission member who told a grand jury he did not disclose resort gift certificates he received from an engineering firm says he's resigning immediately.

Bill Lincoln, a former state Senate Democratic floor leader, said in a Friday statement that he's no longer able to do the job because of "personal stress" and ongoing health issues.

He didn't specifically mention last week's grand jury report that alleged a "pay-to-play" culture at the turnpike commission.

He had served as a turnpike commissioner for eight years after being nominated by former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Lincoln testified before the grand jury under a grant of immunity. The grand jury says he admitted that he received gift certificates and failed to report them on his annual statement of financial interests.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.