Monday, April 16, 2012

Man convicted in KU ticket scandal wants a year shaved off his federal prison sentence


A former Kansas Athletics Inc. consultant convicted for his role in the Kansas University ticket scandal is asking a judge to shave a year off his 46-month federal prison sentence, according to court records.


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.

Thomas Ray Blubaugh, 48, alleges that when a federal judge sentenced Blubaugh in April 2011, the judge relied heavily on “hearsay, assumptions and inferences” about football and basketball tickets found in a Lenexa storage shed. Blubaugh further alleges that U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown erroneously determined the tickets were evidence that Blubaugh and his wife, Charlette Blubaugh, a former director of the department’s ticket office, had stored to conceal a crime.

Thomas Blubaugh argues in his motion, filed without an attorney, that he made “numerous, concerted efforts” to ensure the tickets were given to federal investigators to ensure full compliance with his plea agreement.

During 2011, Brown, who died last January at age 104, sentenced the Blubaughs and three other former athletics department employees — Ben Kirtland, Rodney Jones and Kassie Liebsch — to federal prison after their guilty pleas in the cash-for-tickets scam. The illegal sale or misappropriation of basketball and football tickets, which occurred from 2005 to 2010, cost KU more than $2 million.

Blubaugh is asking a judge to reduce his sentence in an El Reno, Okla., prison to 33 months, which would be in line with Liebsch’s sentence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Blubaugh is projected to be released in October 2014.


truefan 9 years, 5 months ago

I hope he rots in there. This wasn't even his first offense. He did it at Oklahoma, got away with it, then brought it here. He can think about that for a full 46 months.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 5 months ago

Dang it! I was hoping Captain Hadley would have gotten a hold of chuddy during his first night in the joint.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 5 months ago

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Robert Murphy 9 years, 5 months ago

Scalping tickets is a federal offense? How about the colleges ripping off thousands of student athletes while the administrators and coaches stuff their pockets full of money (often when injuries take place they are putting pounds of flesh in those pockets). Oh well, who knows, make the college enough money and you might get your jersey hung in the rafters.

Thousands of students getting put in debt for life, with mostly worthless educations. Have them read the same worthless books so they can sit around talking about them and they think they are educated.

The College and University systems are mostly a crock of sh*t. They are set up so we can support a leisure class.They teach mostly half truths, some time not even half truths and often outright lies giving us credentials to work in non wealth producing jobs (like sports) fooling ourselves and others.

As the most wonderful K. Vonnegut would say "so it goes".

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 5 months ago

That's how you see it...I went to college to be drunk and have random sex in strange (yep, the stacks) places. So if it cost me a few thousand to do so, "so it goes".

Bville Hawk 9 years, 5 months ago

Why don't you take your act to North Korea, or Havana? I think you'd feel more 'at home.' Do you have any quotes from Chairman Mao or President Lenin you'd like to share with this board as well? You definitely seem to favor the "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" line of thinking.

Ian Legler 9 years, 5 months ago

It was not "scalping" tickets ... It was stealing MILLIONS worth of tickets and channeling them to their buddies and getting kick backs ...

Before you go off screaming how the athletes are treated unfairly, think about those who legitimately use the system to their advantage and get a 4 year education for next to nothing ...

NorthStarHawk 9 years, 5 months ago

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Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 5 months ago

none of them will do the full time anyway. this is all much ado about nothing. they'll all be out in around another year, I would guess.

For these white collar crimes, nobody does the full time. they'll be on parole for a year or two, and then it's done.

Michael Throop 9 years, 5 months ago

incorrect..there is no 'get out of jail' card in the federal system. You do the time ordered unless a judge reduces it.

JayhawkFan1985 9 years, 5 months ago

Since he is now expressing so much remorse for his actions, I say shave away...not!

David Gordon 9 years, 5 months ago

Interesting that he would do this shortly after Judge Brown passed away!

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