KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Five former University of Kansas
employees have been charged in federal court with conspiring to
steal more than $2 million in tickets to university athletic
Charges were announced Thursday against 46-year-old Thomas
Blubaugh and 43-year-old Charlette Blubaugh, both of Medford,
Okla., 54-year-old Ben Kirtland of Lenexa, Kan., 42-year-old Rodney
Jones of Lawrence, Kan., and 28-year-old Kassie Liebsch, also of
Prosecutors say Charlett Blubaugh began stealing season tickets
for Kansas athletics events in 2005, then gave them to Kirkland,
Jones, Liebsch and two former employees to sell.
Prosecutors say the employees made between $3 million and $5
million in the scheme.
KU released today, "KU supports the U.S. Attorney's investigation and the prosecution of those involved in this crime...Since we first became aware of the diversion of tickets, Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas have taken a number of actions to enhance internal controls and accountability. A forensic auditor was hired, new controls and restrictions placed on access to the ticketing system, and new transparency regarding seating was provided, among other actions."
Information on whether the five have attorneys was not
immediately available. Calls to the university were not immediately
The five were summoned to appear before Magistrate Judge Kenneth Gale 1:30PM in U.S. District Court in Wichita.
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