Originally published December 17, 2010 at 03:58p.m., updated December 17, 2010 at 05:33p.m.

Judge sets February trial date in Kansas ticket scandal case

Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch.

Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch.



KU Ticket Investigation

Four former Kansas Athletics employees and one current employee have been federally charged and two former employees have pleaded guilty in a scandal involving millions of dollars of stolen tickets from the university.

Four former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees accused of pocketing millions of dollars in proceeds by illegally channeling tickets for Kansas basketball and football games to brokers and others are scheduled to stand trial in federal court early next year.

U.S. District Court Judge Wesley Brown on Friday set Feb. 15 as the trial date for the defendants, each of them accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the ticket scandal.

Accused are Charlette Blubaugh, former director of ticket operations; Tom Blubaugh, Charlette Blubaugh’s husband and a former paid consultant to Kansas Athletics; Rodney Jones, a former assistant athletic director in charge of the Williams Educational Fund; and Ben Kirtland, Jones’ former boss and former associate athletic director for development.

All have pleaded not guilty.

A fifth defendant, Kassie Liebsch, is scheduled to plead guilty Jan. 21 before Judge Brown. She was director of ticket operations until resigning Nov. 18, the day indictments for all five were released.

Two other former Kansas Athletics employees, Jason Jeffries and Brandon Simmons, already have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scandal and are cooperating with prosecutors. They are scheduled to be sentenced March 7.

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Janet Scott 9 years, 5 months ago

Are these people really as stupid as they look? I conclude their collective IQ is <0.

I say measure them now for their new federal penitentiary digs. Hot dang, they're going to look flat out "good" as jail birds in their cute orange jumpsuits, with matching chain bracelets! And unlike the KU football team, these hicks will get their names on the back of their orange "uniforms".

NorthStarHawk 9 years, 5 months ago

Yup...names on their uniforms: # 003475336, #003475337, #003475338, and #003475339.

jaybate 9 years, 5 months ago

This will, unfortunately, make a great made for TV movie.

Geekinout 9 years, 5 months ago

Ha! Looks like Lewy found some good scape-goats to throw under the bus as he mysteriously retires early and slivers away. I really believe, judging from their photos, these nimrods could concoct a scheme of this magnitude by themselves. Playing ignorant and letting their pockets get fattened (figuratively & literally) I guess makes them perfect candidates.

Thank you morons still running this University! It looks even worse that we still haven't found an A.D.

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