Five former University of Kansas Athletics employees have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to steal more than $2 million men's basketball and football tickets.
The five indicted include husband and wife Thomas and Charlette Blubaugh, Ben Kirtland, Rodney Dale Jones and Kassie Liebsch. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that the five stole the tickets for ticket brokers or third parties to steal.
The indictment alleges that it all started with Charlotte Blubaugh. Blubaugh, the 43-year-old former associate athletic director in charge of the
ticket office, allegedly started stealing season tickets to KU
athletic events in 2005. She's then accused of giving the
tickets to Kirkland (the 54-year-old now-former associate athletic director of development and
supervisor of the
Williams Educational Fund), Jones (the 42-year-old ex-assistant athletic director in charge of
the Williams Educational
Fund), Liebsch (the 28-year-old ex-systems analyst working for the ticket
office), Brendan Simmons and Jason Jeffries
to sell to third parties. They allegedly pulled in between $3 million and $5
million in the scheme. (Simmons and Jeffries have already pleaded guilty to related
Here's how the alleged conspiracy went down, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office:
The indictment alleges that in order to divert tickets theThe feds are after the money, seeking between $3 million and $5 million. All five are looking at a maximum 30 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Entered false information into a computer system designed to
prevent tickets from being stolen.
Paid kickbacks to third parties not connected to the ticket
office to sell tickets to individuals and through ticket brokers.
Had checks written to third parties not connected to the ticket
Had ticket brokers write checks that were converted to cash at
the brokers' banks.
Purchased money orders with cash in amounts less than currency
reporting requirements in an effort to keep the proceeds from being
traced back to them.
Concealed the receipt of their outside income on reports
required by NCAA rules.
Read the full indictment below.