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Friday, April 8, 2011

Prosecutors seek 46-month sentence for consultant Tom Blubaugh in KU ticket scam

Former Kansas Athletics Inc. consultant Thomas Ray Blubaugh arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Wichita Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, to plead guilty on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Blubaugh was sentenced to 46 months of prison for his role in the tickets scheme, which prosecutors say cost Kansas Athletics $2 million.

Former Kansas Athletics Inc. consultant Thomas Ray Blubaugh arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Wichita Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, to plead guilty on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Blubaugh was sentenced to 46 months of prison for his role in the tickets scheme, which prosecutors say cost Kansas Athletics $2 million.

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Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence a former Kansas University consultant to 46 months in prison for his role in a $2 million sports ticket scalping scheme.

The government argued Thursday that Thomas Blubaugh used his consultancy to cover up the illegal ticket sales. Prosecutors contend in a filing that other than two co-conspirators, no one in the athletics department knew that Blubaugh was a consultant at the ticket office. The university paid him $115,000.

Blubaugh is to be sentenced Monday and has asked for a maximum term of 21 months.

His wife, Charlette Blubaugh, was associate athletic director in charge of the ticket office. She has admitted she began stealing tickets in 2005 and gave them to other employees to sell to third parties. Her sentencing takes place April 14.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 7 months ago

If you have an iPhone click the picture, enlarge it just a little, and it looks like the sign is mocking Tom.

kwahyajjj 8 years, 7 months ago

You are right! Perhaps Lew will "loan" him some exercise equipment. That man has been living high on the hog.

Saguaro_Jayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Need to take that cane away from him. Not sure if he's trying to play up a sympathy angle, but he'll get it taken away (if lucky) his 1st day in the hole.

Scott Oswalt 8 years, 7 months ago

Lock this piece of scum up and throw away the key. Complete disgrace to humanity.

4everahawk 8 years, 7 months ago

I continue to be confused by how little the prosecutors know about all this...there were many more people who knew he was a consultant....an assoc. AD as well as CFO of athletics signed off on invoices to pay him. And, I believe he started 'consulting' in 2005 instead of 2007. All the original exhibits show this to be true.

4everahawk 8 years, 7 months ago

I continue to be confused by how little the prosecutors know about all this...there were many more people who knew he was a consultant....an assoc. AD as well as CFO of athletics signed off on invoices to pay him. And, I believe he started 'consulting' in 2005 instead of 2007. All the original exhibits show this to be true.

roggy 8 years, 7 months ago

How could he be paid $115,000 from the university and only 2 people know about it? I could see a small amount sliding by the auditors but over 100,000? Who was in charge of the budget? Did they not question a salary of $115,000? Weird?

HawkTronic 8 years, 7 months ago

Too bad they didn't pay him with exercise equipment.

4everahawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Auditors wouldn't question any payment that was signed off on by high administrators and the chief financial officer. It wasn't a secret that he was a consultant....only Lew denies that he knew about it.

NOTcrusher 8 years, 7 months ago

He got fat at our expense. Now, let him work it off in the prison gym. Sorry that he's not independently wealthy so he can repay us for all the damage he caused.

He's the scum of the earth.

At least he wasn't hiding behind the insulation!

SaulGood 8 years, 7 months ago

Blubaugh just continues to make himself more and more desperate. To ask for leniency after this unforgivable treason against my alma mater is grasping at the wind. Sorry, man, this isn't Wall Street or Oklahoma. You're going to the clink.

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 7 months ago

Do the crime then do the time! The gall of these people to ask the court to be lenient. Total scumbags!

thesloss 8 years, 7 months ago

It doesn't make sense ... Mrs. Blubaugh walking around Allen Field House with extra tickets in hand ... handing them out to several of the (how many!) umpteen Associate Athletic Directors ... to sell and profit. The real story is bound to surface. Has Lew taken a lie detector test? ... probably would burn up the machine.

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