Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Federal government asks judge to order 3 defendants to turn over money gained in KU ticket scam

February 9, 2011


On the street

Do you think the former KU employees convicted in the ticket scandal should have to pay back the money that was lost?

Theoretically, yes. They’re not exactly going to be in any money soon though.

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The federal government is moving forward with plans to collect up to $2 million from three defendants convicted in a scam to steal, sell and profit from diverted tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games.

Prosecutors want the three defendants — Charlette Blubaugh, former head of the KU ticket office; her husband, Tom Blubaugh, a former consultant to Kansas Athletics Inc.; and Rodney Jones, former assistant athletic director for the Williams Fund — ordered to forfeit money generated illegally in the scam, which prosecutors say ran from 2005 to 2010.

Prosecutors filed motions this week in U.S. District Court in Wichita, where the three co-defendants already have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and await sentencing.

While the co-defendants have agreed not to oppose forfeiture proceedings, only a judge can order the defendants to pay, said Jim Cross, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Also convicted is Kassie Liebsch, a former systems analyst who took part in the scam. She already has forfeited a 2008 Toyota Camry purchased with illegal profits.

A fifth defendant — Ben Kirtland, former associate athletic director for development — is scheduled to plead guilty to conspiracy Feb. 24.

Kansas Athletics officials say they will wait until judicial proceedings are complete before deciding whether or how to pursue reimbursement through the courts. The department already has filed an insurance claim for $250,000 on a policy that covers the department against employee theft.


LJ Whirled 7 years, 1 month ago

What about Lew? .. and Brady's dad? ... are they in on this, or not?

squawkhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

You can't be serious? The guy is a crook!

number1jayhawker 7 years, 1 month ago

Please provide link to back up your claim.

I don't know him personally, but this is a serious statement against him without any proof of guilt.

bballwizard 7 years, 1 month ago

His father was selling tickets for a profit and did not report the profits to the IRS. thats the story but it is rumor and it will take the FBI awhile to get him unless he plea bargins.

Jeremy DeBoard 7 years, 1 month ago

This is so confusing. Why is the federal gov't wanting money from a state lawsuit? And how are they able to collect money from a state lawsuit for that matter?

Jeremy DeBoard 7 years, 1 month ago

Ugh, nevermind. This is being done in the Federal Court in Wichita, not the District Court. I should look things up before asking questions.

Jeremy DeBoard 7 years, 1 month ago

"Prosecutors filed motions this week in U.S. District Court in Wichita"

This threw me off. hah. It should be Federal Court.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 1 month ago

Federal trial courts are known as District Courts. In this case, it's the District of Kansas. In Kansas City, Mo., it's the District of Western Missouri, etc.

BobtheBuilder 7 years, 1 month ago

Lew should have to forfeit his payment from KU since this happened on his watch. He is the one that was in charge and is to blame for hiring all these people. If a basketball or football coach does a lousy job, they are fired. I am so glad to see this new AD come in here. Notice, he hasn't tried to make a splash and make it all about him like Lew did. Lew knew everything that was going on and hopefully will get his in the end.

Judgesmails 7 years, 1 month ago

greedy b*stards pay up hopefully, they'll do time

Steve Bunch 7 years, 1 month ago

I imagine it's hard to do time hopefully.

ksjayhawk74 7 years, 1 month ago

Why haven't they gone after the ticket brokers and middle men that the thieves were using? Those people HAD to know what was going on and they made a big profit from the ordeal

xclusive85 7 years, 1 month ago

In one of the stories it said the brokers were making checks out to cash. Anyone think that is standard operating procedure?

Paul R Getto 7 years, 1 month ago

I guess it's a good thing the defendants didn't sell some drugs or shoot a deer out of season. If they had, they could have lost their vehicles, their guns and, if it were drugs, their houses and almost all other assets. Thank goodness they just stole millions of dollars worth of tickets. They'll probably get away with it and keep their 'stuff.'

squawkhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm still appauled that this could happen at KU! Where was Lew? I'm guessing his hands are just as dirty as the others involved in this. Rock Chalk!

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