Thursday, September 27, 2012

Federal judge rules wife of KU ticket-scandal defendant can’t keep $400,000 in property, cash



Kansas Athletics, Inc.

Ben Kirtland

A federal judge has ruled the former wife of a Kansas University official caught in a ticket scalping scandal cannot keep money and property fraudulently transferred to her in the couple’s divorce settlement.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday ruled for the government in its lawsuit against Ben Kirtland, the former Kansas associate athletic director in charge of development, and his ex-wife, Mary Jean Kirtland.

The government contends the transferred property and money are worth more than $400,000.

The judge says Mary Kirtland knew of her husband’s precarious legal and financial situation and paid nothing to him before the transfers in the property settlement.

Ben Kirtland was one of seven Kansas athletics officials convicted for the unlawful sale of Jayhawk football and basketball season tickets.


Geekinout 8 years, 5 months ago

Reminds me of Bernie Madoff's wife. She should be thrown in jail also!

Maracas 8 years, 5 months ago

Glad to hear it. She should face some sort of charges as well.

ksjayhawk74 8 years, 5 months ago

Obviously he wanted to be able to use his ill-gotten gains for a large chunk of what he owed his wife in the divorce settlement, with the assumption that once the money was given to her, it was untouchable. The old finders keepers law.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 5 months ago

Although I don't have any firsthand knowledge, I actually think the divorce was all part of the deal. She divorces him and takes the money so it is "untouchable." Then they still have the money when he gets out.

Phoghorn 8 years, 5 months ago

Way off topic, but thanks to site staff for getting rid of MANGINOHURLZ.

Phoghorn 8 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, he had been posting off topic comments on multiple threads as usual. But in his last few days he was using ALL CAPS and HUGE AND FuNkY FoNtS. It was getting old as you would have to scroll way down to get to the bottom of his garbage.

bad_dog 8 years, 5 months ago

Well, after all this really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. As I've reminded folks on this board several times, manginowhatever was just the latest reincarnation of the banned poster formerly known as KSA 21-3503. For those that need reminding, that is the Kansas statutory reference to indecent liberties with a child. Anyone that would use such an affront to humanity as their user name shouldn't surprise anyone with their online behavior.

pepper_bar 8 years, 5 months ago

That tie Mr. Kirtland is wearing is five kinds of awful. Did he make that at home? You'd think an embezzler could afford a nicer tie.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 5 months ago

So uh... Who does get the money?

....Uncle Sam?

Pitthawk34 8 years, 5 months ago

It is my understanding that KU has already collected their insurance money so my quess is that either the feds would collect or the insurance agency that paid up.

bad_dog 8 years, 5 months ago

KU has not yet been made whole. If I recall correctly, the insurance recovery was only $250,000, so there was still quite a bit of booty to recover. My guess is that the assets will ultimately be transferred to KU.

Marcia Parsons 8 years, 5 months ago

I haven't read any of the details for a long time, but my understanding was that KU didn't collect 100% of the loss from their insurance, and were still trying to collect from individuals. They may have a claim in there somewhere for the $400 grand.

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 5 months ago

The life which just keeps on giving. These people never did, don't currently, and never will accept their legal and moral responsiblty. They are just as guilty as those who commit murder and rape AND their actions reached more people than those who commit murder and rape. Their attitudes are so horribly disgusting I want to throw up when I read of their pleas to the court.

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Burns, is that you? I think it's the teeth...

Brak 8 years, 5 months ago

He may look like Mr. Burns but in Prison they call him Smithers.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 5 months ago

*I say punish him by forcing him to remarry his ex then send her to jail with him.

*Too bad Maginowhatever is gone.....someone had to be the bottom of the barrel.

Gary Wirsig 8 years, 5 months ago

I think we'll see plenty of contenders stepping up (down?) to take his place. Also, beware of his return under a new name and avatar...

Phoghorn 8 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, just like he posted under KSA XYZ whatever (the indecent liberties with a child statute). I am sure he will be back...

Enoughsaid 8 years, 5 months ago

I don't get it. It seems when someone commits a crime against KU Athletics, the government come after you for everything you are worth. When the local thug robs a business, he or she is caught and goes to prison with very little effort on how to recover the proceeds.

It would seem to me that KU Athletics has been robbing from the local taxpayers for over thirty years and has yet to pay back any money to the government. Case in point, over 85 cars are given to employees of KU Athletics by local car dealers. For over three decades some of these vehicles were never properly registered and were tagged with dealer tags. Thus the property taxes were never collected on these luxury vehicles. KU Athletices is not exempt from personal tax but they are exempt from sales tax.

Funny thing about this is the government refused for years to look into this matter. Hey KU Athletics, Man- Up and march down to the Douglas County Treasurer's Office with a check for $225,000. That amount is without interest that you owe .

ironhead80 8 years, 5 months ago

It's hard to give up the money once it's in your account, but, if, she was an honest person, she would have gave the money up along time ago. SO, let the BIT go out and hook and let the husband be someone else's wife in prison.

Robert Murphy 8 years, 4 months ago

All I want to know is when are they going to put the fat ass in jail for impersonating a football coach?

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