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2 in KU tickets scheme sent to prison camps

May 5, 2011

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Two conspirators convicted in the theft and sales of Kansas University football and basketball tickets are now in prison, according to federal officials:

Rodney Jones, former assistant athletic director for the Williams Fund, is at a satellite prison camp adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City. Jones is serving a 46-month sentence, and his projected release date has not been disclosed.

Kassie Liebsch, a former systems analyst who resigned as director of ticket operations last year, is at a satellite prison camp for minimum-security female prisoners adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Ill., about 43 miles east of St. Louis. Liebsch, serving a 37-month sentence, is expected to be released Jan. 7, 2014.

Awaiting detainment destinations are Charlette Blubaugh, former associate athletic director for ticket operations, who has been sentenced to 57 months in prison; and Thomas Blubaugh, Charlette’s husband and a former paid consultant to Kansas Athletics Inc., sentenced to 46 months in prison.

Sentencing for Ben Kirtland, former associate athletic director for development, is May 12 in Wichita.

All five pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in which participants stole thousands of tickets to regular-season games and sold or distributed them through brokers and others. Authorities say the scam ran from 2005 to 2010 and cost the department at least $2 million.

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Steve Miller 4 years, 1 month ago

Good deal, they just need to keep climbin up the ladder to get to the head of the snake.

FarneyMac 4 years, 1 month ago

Keep banging that drum, tinfoil hat wearers!

sr80 4 years, 1 month ago

the high price stores sell the highest quality tin foil,do not be fooled by the cheaper brands!!!!

Michael Throop 4 years, 1 month ago

It will be no picnic for these folks. People refer to "Club Fed", but these camps are still prison, just not, as was referred to in "Office Space" "@ss-pounding federal prison!!!" They admitted to being part of a huge scam, and the damage to KU's reputation is done. They won't have anything when they get out,either. Their best job opportunity, the local oil-change outlet.

Steve Miller 4 years, 1 month ago

All good points, it is refreshing to be reminded of these facts..

Jeteras 4 years, 1 month ago

they could be homeless in Lawrence.. That seems to be easy livin. Just think in a few years they will have the homeless hilton here.

KS 4 years, 1 month ago

Where;s Lew? Don't tell me he was just an innocent bystander in all of this!

IgnorantYokel 4 years, 1 month ago

Lew was just an innocent bystander in all of this.

ModerateOne 4 years, 1 month ago

Lew was an innocent bystander in all of this because he didn't steal any tickets. He bears some of the moral blame, however, because it happened when he was supposed to be guarding the hen house.

JustNoticed 4 years, 1 month ago

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IgnorantYokel 4 years, 1 month ago

You meant to say, "Their time there..." and not "There time there..."

JustNoticed 4 years, 1 month ago

He also doesn't understand the difference between plural and possessive.

Kontum1972 4 years, 1 month ago

and when they get out they will be recruited as CEO's for big companys

Steve Miller 4 years, 1 month ago

Is that because they posses some kind of talent acquired in the lock up ?

sr80 4 years, 1 month ago

i am simply amazed at our fine educated college grads !!!!!!!!

rtwngr 4 years, 1 month ago

Did any of these people think they wouldn't be eventually found out? Just the shear number of people involved would lead any right thinking person to the conclusion that this thing would have eventually fallen apart. Then what? Did they think because they could sing "Crimson and the Blue" with feeling that they would get, merely, a slap on the wrist?

Are they taking applications? I need a good 9 to 5 with weekends off. Plus, I'm tired of commuting.

verity 4 years, 1 month ago

"Did any of these people think they wouldn't be eventually found out?"

Interesting question. I suspect it's like gambling---well, actually it is gambling. You win so you keep playing one more time. It would be interesting to know the past histories of these people and whether they had been involved in questionable activities before.

IgnorantYokel 4 years, 1 month ago

You misused the word "shear" in place of "sheer."

kujayhawk7476 4 years, 1 month ago

Lew Perkins had nothing to do with this situation and knew nothing about it. You conspiracy idiots need to get a life! Lew Perkins did a lot of good for the KU athletic department, but as in most things, his time is past. Let it go and move on. Try being positive about something in life for a change!

Thunderdome 4 years, 1 month ago

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IgnorantYokel 4 years, 1 month ago

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pace 4 years, 1 month ago

I am just so grateful that Lew had retired. For his name to be tarred with these people's behavior would just be so wrong. I get down on my knees and thank the heavens, Lew was spared. I hope no one is unkind enough to send him articles about it. He took all the heat for turning the athletic corporation into a heartless alumni eating money machine, to question his integrity or even ask if he knew what his staff was doing, would be so wrong.

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