Former school board member charged with ethics violation



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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Former Lafayette Parish School Board member Mark Cockerham is facing a violation of state ethics laws.

The Louisiana Board of Ethics says Cockerham allegedly accepted Saints game tickets from an insurance consultant working for the school board.

The Advocate reports () the Ethics Board filed charges against Cockerham on April 16, though the decision wasn't released publicly until this week.

The charge was referred to the ethics adjudicatory board for a hearing to determine if Cockerham violated the law and recommend a penalty if he's found guilty of the violation.

Cockerham is accused of soliciting Saints game tickets and then later accepting two tickets for the Nov. 17, 2013, Saints game against the San Francisco 49ers from Rina Tikia, of Tikia Consulting.

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