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Trooper broke law by accepting gifts from Arkansas Football

The State Ethics Commission says Arkansas State Police Captain Lance King violated state law when he accepted gifts from the University of Arkansas football program.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The State Ethics Commission says Arkansas State Police Captain Lance King violated state law when he accepted gifts from the University of Arkansas football program.

King provided security detail for former head coach Bobby Petrino as part of his work with ASP.

The law says that no public servant can accept gifts valued in excess of $100 “for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of his or her office or position.” King reported to the commission that he had received thousands of dollars worth of gifts from the football program during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Those gifts included:

  • Four tickets to each game played in Fayetteville ($225 each)
  • Four tickets to each game played in Little Rock ($125 each)
  • Four Sugar Bowl tickets ($140 each)
  • One Sugar Bowl ring ($225)
  • Four Cotton Bowl tickets ($125 each)

King’s punishment for breaking the law was a Public Letter of Caution. The letter advises the trooper “not to engage in the same activity again.”
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