LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Board of Ethics says the Lafayette school board's former insurance consultant allegedly violated ethics laws by offering a board member tickets to a Saints game while conducting business with the school board.

The Ethics Board filed a charge against Rina Tikia on Jan. 15 for giving then-board member Mark Cockerham two tickets to the Nov. 17, 2013, New Orleans Saints game against the San Francisco 49ers. The face value of the tickets was $300 apiece.

The Advocate reports ( ) the board's decision was not released until Tuesday.

The charges were referred to the ethics adjudicatory board to conduct a hearing and determine any penalties.

Tikia could not be reached by phone for comment.

Cockerham had admitted publicly to receiving the tickets and said he attempted to return them.


Information from: The Advocate,


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