IG: Hundreds Of Free Jazz Fest Tickets Given To City Hall Departments

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Day 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 29, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Office of Inspector General is out with a report that focuses on what apparently has been an ongoing practice of free Jazz Fest tickets being distributed to numerous departments in City Hall.

The practice, involving hundreds of tickets valued at up to $33,000, could violate Louisiana laws barring workers from receiving gifts.

The investigation was prompted by an anonymous complaint filed last year, and both Jazz Fest organizers and the mayor's office are reviewing the matter to ensure appropriate policies are followed.

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