The feds are quickly mopping up the University of Kansas ticket-scandal mess. Another day, another guilty plea.
Friday's guilty plea comes to us via Rodney Jones, he of spiked hair and formerly of KU's fundraising branch, the Williams Educational Fund. Jones, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, The Kansas City Star reported. He'd been accused in the scheme of illegally selling more than $2 million of basketball and football tickets to ticket brokers and others from 2005 to 2010.
In all, they're believed to have sold or used more than 17,000 men's basketball tickets and more than 2,000 football tickets. Bbut, really, who can't get a ticket to a KU football game?)
Jones' guilty plea follows Thursday's plea from Kassie Liebsch and prior guilty pleas by Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries. They're all helping prosecutors, so you can bet that they're not going to get totally hammered by the feds.
Via the Star:
Three former KU Athletics employees are still awaiting trial.
Prosecutor Richard L. Hathaway said the investigation began when the
Internal Revenue Service learned that Kansas City ticket brokers were
selling season basketball ticket packages, writing large checks to cash
and then turning that cash over to a friend of Jones. One ticket broker
generated about $975,000 in cash proceeds from the KU basketball
Hathaway said agents confronted Jones and he agreed to cooperate with
Jones converted more than 450 cash payments into money orders of up to
$500 each to avoid currency reporting requirements, Hathaway said.