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.
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