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Gov. David A. Paterson falsely testified under oath during an ethics investigation into his acceptance of free World Series tickets last fall, according to the State Commission on Public Integrity, which announced on Wednesday that it had asked prosecutors to determine if criminal charges should be brought against the governor.

The commission said Mr. Paterson sought and accepted five free tickets for Game 1 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. When inquiries were made about the tickets, he testified that he had always intended to pay for them.

The panel said the governor backdated, or had another person backdate, a personal check to buttress his explanation that he had planned to pay the Yankees for the seats, which were behind home plate and had a face value of $425 each.

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The commission’s report was a jarring development in a tumultuous week for Mr. Paterson. Last Friday, he abandoned his campaign for election amid accusations that his administration intervened in a domestic violence proceeding involving a top aide to the governor, David W. Johnson, and he has faced calls for his resignation.

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