ATLANTA — Prosecutors say a Georgia man tried to pay someone cash and basketball tickets to kill his ex-wife.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Atlanta said Monday in an email that a grand jury indicted 29-year-old Michael McEarchern of Acworth on Jan. 3.

The statement says McEarchern was in the Bartow County jail on drug charges when he reached out to several people in November to arrange the killing. One of them told a friend who notified the FBI.

Prosecutors say McEarchern believed he was setting up the killing when he contacted an FBI informant and agreed to pay $10,000 plus two tickets to an Atlanta Hawks game. To show he was serious, he had $800 in cash sent in advance.

McEarchern’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday.