Thursday, May 5, 2011

2 in KU tickets scheme sent to prison camps


Two conspirators convicted in the theft and sales of Kansas University football and basketball tickets are now in prison, according to federal officials:

Rodney Jones, former assistant athletic director for the Williams Fund, is at a satellite prison camp adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City. Jones is serving a 46-month sentence, and his projected release date has not been disclosed.

Kassie Liebsch, a former systems analyst who resigned as director of ticket operations last year, is at a satellite prison camp for minimum-security female prisoners adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Ill., about 43 miles east of St. Louis. Liebsch, serving a 37-month sentence, is expected to be released Jan. 7, 2014.

Awaiting detainment destinations are Charlette Blubaugh, former associate athletic director for ticket operations, who has been sentenced to 57 months in prison; and Thomas Blubaugh, Charlette’s husband and a former paid consultant to Kansas Athletics Inc., sentenced to 46 months in prison.

Sentencing for Ben Kirtland, former associate athletic director for development, is May 12 in Wichita.

All five pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in which participants stole thousands of tickets to regular-season games and sold or distributed them through brokers and others. Authorities say the scam ran from 2005 to 2010 and cost the department at least $2 million.

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angel4dennis 8 years ago

Prison camps? Is this a Federal thing? Shouldn't they be detained in a prison in Kansas? After all, their crimes were in Kansas. Sorry to all those that have to pay KU more money to help re-coop the money lost.

Evan Ridenour 8 years ago

Did you bother reading the article? Or any articles about this issue?

"All five pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud"

Wire fraud is federal.

Kawatchi 8 years ago

Yes, this was a federal thing.

Nutflush21 8 years ago

And thankfully so. Had this been a local issue they would have been slapped on the wrist by our pathetic legal system.

KGphoto 8 years ago

Why not post their pictures again? I love those. It always makes for more interesting posting when we can see those ugly mugs.

Jeremy Bolinger 8 years ago

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Maracas 8 years ago

They'll do their time, then good luck finding a decent job when they get out. And it won't be one where there is a level of trust and authority.

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