Kansas Panel Fines Perkins

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Former University of Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine to settle an ethics case over allegations that he improperly accepted a gift of exercise equipment while working for the university.

The state Governmental Ethics Commission approved an agreement Tuesday between its general counsel and Perkins’ attorney.

Perkins acknowledged no wrongdoing.

A complaint before the commission alleged that Perkins violated a state law barring state employees from accepting most gifts.

Perkins stepped down as athletic director in September, but he had been considered a state employee because state funds paid part of his salary.

Perkins acknowledged that he accepted the exercise equipment in 2005, at no cost, from a Kansas City-area company and it stayed in his home for four years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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