KU Ticket Scandal

From left, Ben Kirtland, Kassie Liebsch, Rodney Jones and Charlette Blubaugh have been charged with stealing tickets from KU. Also charged was Tom Blubaugh, who is not pictured.

Federal charges filed against five former Kansas Athletics officials accused of stealing tickets from KU

KU’s current head of ticket operations resigns just hours before her name is listed in indictment

The director of ticket operations resigned Thursday morning from Kansas Athletics Inc., as a grand jury indicted her and four others for their roles in an alleged ticket scam prosecutors say cost the department up to $5 million during the past five years.

November 18, 2010


Court won’t shorten sentence of felon in KU tickets case

A federal judge refused Friday to shorten the sentence of a former Kansas University athletics consultant caught up in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy, rejecting defense claims that Thomas Blubaugh’s former attorney did a poor job representing him.

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

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.

Judge refuses to toss sentence of ex-KU official convicted in ticket scandal

A federal judge is refusing to throw out the sentence of a former Kansas University assistant athletics director convicted in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.

Government opposes request to shorten sentence from ex-KU employee convicted in ticket scandal

Prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge to reject a request by a former consultant for Kansas University to have his sentence shortened in a ticket scalping conspiracy that he helped conceal.

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.

Two Lawrence police officers suspended for role in fixing traffic tickets in exchange for KU basketball tickets

City leaders have confirmed that two Lawrence police officers were suspended following an investigation conducted by the FBI related to traffic tickets being fixed in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets.

Federal Judge Wesley Brown, who presided over KU ticket scandal case, dies at age 104

As the nation's oldest sitting federal judge in history, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown allowed himself few concessions to his advancing age as he insisted on presiding over significant and often complex cases right up until his death at 104.

Ex-wife of former KU athletics administrator says no fraud relating to ticket scandal in divorce settlement

The ex-wife of the highest-ranking official caught in the University of Kansas ticket scalping scandal has denied any fraudulent transfer of assets in their divorce settlement.

Feds sue former KU athletics official Ben Kirtland and his ex-wife

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday sued the highest-ranking official caught in a ticket scalping scandal at the University of Kansas and his ex-wife, alleging the property settlement in their divorce defrauded the United States.

KU officials decide not to pursue civil lawsuit against defendants convicted in athletic ticket scandal

Kansas University officials won’t file a civil lawsuit against former athletic department employees who stole $2 million in a football and basketball ticket scheme, a KU spokesman said Friday.

Final ticket scandal co-conspirator Ben Kirtland awaits designation at Massachusetts federal prison

The last co-conspirator in an operation that stole and sold thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games is behind bars, awaiting designation in a federal medical complex in Massachusetts.

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Charlette Blubaugh begins serving prison sentence at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Charlette Blubaugh won’t be spending the next four-plus years in camp. Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Athletics Inc., started her 57-month prison term last week in a Texas prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell tickets to regular-season games for football and men’s basketball.

Prosecutor: No evidence Lew Perkins ‘knowingly participated’ in KU's cash-for-tickets scheme

Federal prosecutors say they don’t anticipate filing any more criminal charges connected with a five-year ticket-stealing scheme that cost Kansas Athletics Inc. at least $2 million.

KU, U.S. Attorney focus on recovering money lost in cash-for-tickets scam

Now that former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are headed to prison for their roles in a $2 million scheme to steal and sell Kansas University football and basketball tickets, the next step for authorities and campus officials dealing with the repercussions is clear.

Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam

The man who led fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. for more than five years is headed to prison for his role in a ticket-selling scheme that drained at least $2 million from the department and cost some donors opportunities for the seats they deserved at Allen Fieldhouse.