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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Blytheville City Attorney Mike Bearden says city water utility workers likely didn't know they did anything wrong but says it was against the law for a vendor to give them $100 gift cards for Christmas.

Water utility manager Gary Phillips said Thursday that the company that supplies water meters to the city provided money for $100 gift cards to 20 employees.

Phillips says the initial plan was to ask vendors to help fund a Christmas party. The Blytheville Courier News reports (http://is.gd/StnGLZ ) the party wound up being held at a senior center. Phillips says he used the vendor's cash to buy the workers gift cards.

The law prohibits public servants from receiving gifts related to their duties.

Bearden says a vendor likely could sponsor a Christmas party.

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