HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Officials say a former University of Connecticut administrator is paying $4,000 to settle allegations that he charged 23 unauthorized hotel stays to the school.

Jeffrey Reynolds of Wallingford denies the allegations, but said in a consent order released Monday that he agreed to settle the matter with the civil penalty to the Office of State Ethics.

Reynolds was UConn’s capitol projects and contract administration director when he allegedly used his state budget for 23 visits at the Nathan Hale Inn in Storrs, including meals, parking and drinks.

The ethics agency says UConn had authorized some other hotel stays while Reynolds was treated for an undisclosed medical condition, but did not approve the 23 visits. Reynolds says he has repaid more than $3,000 and believed he was authorized to stay at the hotel.

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