July 24, 2024

LAWRENCE — Five former Kansas University employees have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to steal more than $2 million worth of tickets to KU athletic events.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said the indictment alleges tickets to Kansas basketball, football and other athletic events were stolen by members of the KU ticket office or the KU athletics fundraising group Williams Educational Fund. Those indicted are: Thomas Blubaugh, 46, Medford, Okla., a consultant to the ticket office; his wife Charlette Blubaugh, 43, Medford; , okla., Ben Kirtland, 51, Lenexa, associate athletic director of development and supervisor of the Williams Educational Fund; 42-year-old Rodney Jones, 42, Lawrence, assistant athletic director in charge of the Williams Educational Fund. and Kassie Liebsch, 28, Lawrence, systems analyst working in ticket office. Two other men were involved but weren’t indicted because they have already pleaded guilty to related federal charges, Grissom said. The conspirators made $3 million to $5 million, he said.
Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.

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