Kansas Athletics has been repaid more than $620,000 after suffering more than $2 million in losses from a scheme in which its employees stole football and basketball tickets and distributed them to brokers and others.
Jim Marchiony, associate athletics director, said Kansas Athletics would be repaid in full before the defendants convicted in the case began to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to the Kansas Athletics’ insurance company.
As of last week, Kansas Athletics had been repaid $620,138.66, including a $250,000 insurance payment.
A financial manager at the U.S. District Court of Kansas said the amounts of money defendants have paid in restitution were not available to the public. However, Marchiony confirmed the amounts each defendant has paid to Kansas Athletics:
• Ben Kirtland, former associate athletic director for development, has repaid $135,279.87.
• Charlette Blubaugh, former associate athletic director for ticket operations, has repaid $477.41.
• Thomas Blubaugh, Charlette Blubaugh’s husband and a former consultant to the ticket office, has paid $24,607.91.
• Rodney Jones, former assistant athletic director for the Williams Fund, has repaid $81,255.
• Kassie Liebsch, a former systems analyst who assumed ticket operations following Charlette Blubaugh’s resignation, has repaid $47,668.32.
Two other former employees have paid money back to the department through garnishments of wages. Those employees, Jason Jeffries and Brandon Simmons, were convicted of failing to notify authorities about the scheme. Jeffries has paid back $56,000, and Simmons has paid $24,850.15.