A New York ethics panel has charged Gov. David Paterson with a violation involving a gift of free Yankees tickets for the 2009 World Series.
The commission said Wednesday that the indiscretion could cost him nearly $100,000 in penalties. It says Paterson may also have given false testimony in the case.
It's being turned over to the Albany County prosecutor's office for possible criminal prosecution.
Paterson could face penalties for violating bans on gifts to elected officials and using his position to secure unwarranted privileges.
The commission found Paterson didn't intend to reimburse the Yankees. There was no immediate comment from the governor's office.
Paterson has been under fire since reports of his intervention in a domestic violence case involving an aide.