Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rodney Jones, Kassie Liebsch expected to plead in KU ticket scandal next week

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.

— Two more former Kansas University athletics officials are due in federal court in Wichita next week with apparent plea deals for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets.

Former assistant athletic director Rodney Jones has a change-of-plea hearing Jan. 14. A similar hearing for systems analyst Kassie Liebsch has been moved up to Jan. 13.

That would leave three defendants facing trial next month. They are former associate athletic director Charlette Blubaugh; her husband, Thomas, a consultant for the ticket office; and former associate athletic director Ben Kirtland.

Two others who pleaded guilty to not reporting the scheme face March sentencings. They are former assistant athletic director Brandon Simmons and former assistant director of ticket operations Jason Jeffries.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 9 months ago

ljw staff is there anyway to photoshop tear drop tattoos one these people next time you run their pictures /

RockChalkWoody 8 years, 9 months ago

Are the Blubaughs husband & wife or are they brothers? Yikes!

notigers4me 8 years, 9 months ago

Now there you go again always going on about something that you know nothing about. It clear that Charlette wears the pants and Tom wears the dress. I can however see how you might have been confused on this.

KGphoto 8 years, 9 months ago

Tom Blubaugh does a great impression of Frank Caliendo, doing Dubya.

Can the photo of Kassie be submitted as evidence? That's the worst poker face I've ever seen. She's that guilty, AND she's about to ruin the trial with even worse news.

Rodney and Ben will slide comfortably into their fateful rolls, selling used cars.

If Charlotte lets her stubble go for a couple days, she could land a nice gig, diving into and stepping out of swimming pools for The Hair Club for Men. "I can even swim with it!"

Left to right: Sy Sperling, Frank Caliendo, Ken Brett, Dr. Phil's loser brother, Debbie Downer

KGphoto 8 years, 9 months ago

All kidding aside, Charlotte is going to rock a courtroom like nobody since Phil Spector!

100 8 years, 9 months ago

Headline photo looks like a poster for a poorly produced B movie.

RockChalkWoody 8 years, 9 months ago

I beg to differ. Most B movies have a little Eye Candy--this one obviously doesn't!

ku_foaf 8 years, 9 months ago

Welcome to Loserville, Population: 5

vmwskywalk 8 years, 9 months ago

The living version of Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem!

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